Category Archives: Project

The $50 Thin Client

Imagine if you could easily share one computer with a whole class, your whole family, the whole office. We believe this makes a lot of sense. It saves a lot of time and money. It lowers the environmental impact of computing. The way we can make this truly compelling is with low cost USB thin […]

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Howto: DisplayLink USB Single Monitor on Linux

Unfortunately, Linux doesn’t support multiple graphics adapters the way Windows does, which means you can’t just plug in USB graphics adapters and expect them to extend your desktop (the good news is there is progress on this support). What is possible, however, is running a single DisplayLink adapter, or several with a Xinerama or multiseat […]

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Plugable Open Source Hardware Samples Program

From time to time Plugable has extra test hardware around our labs. Rather than have it gather dust, we’d like to send it out to the open source community to help foster driver development. We know how much work open source driver development is — getting hardware should be the easiest part of it. So […]

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DisplayLink Linux kernel driver (udlfb) updates slated for 2.6.37

The latest set of patches for udlfb, the Linux kernel framebuffer driver for DisplayLink chips, has been submitted and looks on track for kernel 2.6.37. This will catch the kernel up to everything on http://git.plugable.com/ Linux is a big and constantly shifting platform. With our USB graphics products (and generally for DisplayLink based products, since […]

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Google Nexus One Phone and Plugable’s Universal Dock

Sven Killig has posted a few more bits of his cool Google Nexus One USB host mode work, this time running with the Plugable Universal Docking Station. This setup uses the udlfb DisplayLink Linux driver work from here (git.plugable.com) and a bunch of other components Sven has developed or pulled together, to turn the phone […]

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The Nexus One Phone-Top

Sven Killig has a sense of where computing is headed: Powerful computers are everywhere, including in your pocket. And he has the skills to push things ahead, to show us glimpses of what’s coming. Last year, he demoed turning your router into a full-fledged computer. This year, it’s the Google Nexus One phone as a […]

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Endurance Technology Contributions

Endurance Technology, a software consulting company in the UK who has done previous work on DisplayLink devices, has contributed back a branch of work done on the Fall 2009-era DisplayLink kernel framebuffer (udlfb) and X driver (xf86-video-displaylink). The goal of their project was to get an embedded platform working on Centos 5.3. You can read […]

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Google Summer of Code Work Kicks Off

Today is the kickoff of coding work for Google SoC 2010 projects. We’re very excited about the Google funded project to refine USB multiseat on Linux, with the winning proposal from Lucas Nascimento Ferreira at the Federal University of Parana in Brazil. In addition to providing mentoring, Plugable is also providing donated hardware for this […]

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Linux Support For Higher-Res Monitors on Lower-Res DisplayLink Devices

On Windows and Mac, if you plug in a monitor with a higher resolution than your adapter supports, the driver will automatically fall back to the best common mode between the two. Linux hasn’t had that support — it would try to set the highest mode the monitor is capable of, often resulting in a […]

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Google Summer of Code – USB Multiseat

Plugable is offering mentoring and donated hardware for USB graphics projects that are funded as part of Google Summer of Code 2010. Plugable is working through X.Org as a sponsoring organization. The main focus is USB multiseat, and the details are on the xorg wiki for SoC 2010 With all the pieces that are just […]

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