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    Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Support for Ubuntu Linux?

    I've done research, but there is not even a single instance of the words WiDi and Linux being in the same sentence anywhere in the entire internet. At least, none that I could find. So, I thought I would be the first. I would like to know if there is going to be support in Linux, specifically Ubuntu, for Intel's WiDi technology. This would be rather cool. Thoughts? Opinions?
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    Re: Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Support for Ubuntu Linux?

    I will bet you that 65%+ of the people here have no clue what WiDi is. Informational links please?

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    Re: Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Support for Ubuntu Linux?

    http://www.intel.com/consumer/produc...essdisplay.htm

    http://www.engadget.com/2010/02/01/t...isplay-review/

    Its an interesting feature on some new laptops that enables the users to wireless connect to a TV, ideally for the purpose of streaming video.
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    Re: Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Support for Ubuntu Linux?

    I'm going to assume that this technology is so new that Ubuntu (and Linux in general) does not support it.

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    Re: Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Support for Ubuntu Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by TrekCaptainUSA View Post
    I'm going to assume that this technology is so new that Ubuntu (and Linux in general) does not support it.
    I really don't think he wanted to know if it is supported as of now, but more so will it be supported.

    *crosses fingers* I hope there will be a USB adapter or something that will give older laptops that ability!
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    Re: Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Support for Ubuntu Linux?

    I would love to see this I have it on my laptop, and can only use it in windows. The tech is too new though, it's very slow, and cuts in and out on a whim... I'd like to see Ubuntu kick the crap out of windows service for it!

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    Re: Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Support for Ubuntu Linux?

    I was hoping this was OS independent.

    Anyone know if there is news on linux support?

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    Re: Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Support for Ubuntu Linux?

    From what I read, this technology uses the the same radio as wifi. So as per intel the Intel's new 6200/6250 and newer wifi cards support this. I don't know if this is using the same protocol stack as the WIFI. may be a WIFI ad-hoc network between the laptop and the netgear reciever and then the laptop streaming the video in a compressed format and the receiver decoding it??

    In that case the processing power should be so high to do this thing real-time and may be that explains why this is only supported in very few laptop models with intel's selected few i3, i5 and i7 processors.

    One sony vaio model with which they demonstrated this video got a dedicated key for this. My guess is that is just another short-cut key which will just activate the service.

    If that is the case this can be easily(with lot of original development provided we have all the technology documents) accomplished in ubuntu also using a server software kind of thing or patching the xserver or whatever..


    I hope intel open up this inexpensive technology and give us the wireless freedom...
    Last edited by jeevas.v; December 24th, 2010 at 12:14 PM. Reason: Typos correction

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    Re: Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Support for Ubuntu Linux?

    Ok now I see that the transmission is thru Wifi protocol itself and the bandwidth is limited to 720p at 10Mbps and there is approx half a second to one second delay.

    So the technlogy is only usable to stream videos with sound also thru hdmi. So as of now it is not exciting or as usable.

    But the concept is interesting. Stream the laptop Video and Audio as a single stream thru Wifi.The adapter should have HDMI and other video outputs as well as analog and digital sound outputs. It should support atleast 1920x1080 with no noticeable delay.

    By the time the Hardware is ready the Linux team should also come up with some interesting solution.

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    Re: Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Support for Ubuntu Linux?

    Just got a new quad core Toshiba Satellite A660 that has WiDi technology. Am trying out Ubuntu and would love to see this feature working.. Could be very interesting in particular on Mythbuntu!

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