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) ."