Linux Thunderbolt Support Can Work On Arm Systems

2020-May-17 | Tags: compatibilitykernel

Linux on ARMWhile there aren't yet any Arm SoCs we are aware of at least offering Thunderbolt connectivity, that will eventually change with at least USB4 being based on Thunderbolt. But in any case Thunderbolt software support can work on Arm today if using a Thunderbolt add-in PCIe card.

Queued for Linux 5.8 is the change to allow Intel's Thunderbolt driver code to be built on non-x86 platforms.

The one line patch removes the artificial limitation in the Kconfig build setup that put the Thunderbolt code contingent on an x86-based kernel when in fact there are apparently no x86-isms within the driver code.

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