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Linux and USB 3.0

Jan 19, 2010, 13:34 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"Ever get tired of Windows people proclaiming how their operating system has device support for this, that, and the other thing and Linux doesn't? Well, now you have a perfect come-back. The newest, fast interface, USB 3.0 is out and only Linux has native support for it.

"Linux started supporting USB 3.0 in the September 2009 release of the 2.6.31 Linux kernel. Neither Windows 7 nor Snow Leopard currently supports USB 3. Windows support? That will have to wait for Windows 7 SP1 ---whenever that shows up.

"Long before then, many USB 3.0 devices will have arrived. Some will doubtlessly have Windows drivers, but only Linux is USB 3.0 ready. USB 3.0, aka SuperSpeed USB, reaches new highs in PC peripheral speeds. USB 2.0 has a maximum throughput of 480Mbps (Megabits per second), which is fast --- but these days, when you might want to move gigabytes of movies from one your PC to an external hard drive, it's not fast enough. USB 3.0, by comparison, has a maximum throughput of 5 Gbps (Gigabits per second) ."

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