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I use a USB dock for my laptop at work. With the dock, one
USB connector handles my mouse, keyboard, ethernet, second
monitor, and sound. It's great for heading to meetings.
If server motherboards had this capability built in natively
(without requiring drivers to install an OS or go into the
settings), it could revolutionize the market for rack-mount
KVMs, reducing clutter and cabling costs. With the
convenience of a single connector, you could even get away
with using USB ports on the front and do your own ad-hoc
cable switching as needed.
||I assumed this was some of feathers/beads swap deal for motherboards yet to experience Western civilisation.....
||Thunderbolt. It's a comin'.
||Motherboards already have support for USB
mice/keyboards, and for a KVM switch Ethernet, sound,
and so on are all unnecessary (though there's no reason
they couldn't be supported by the BIOSthere's just no
need to do so). The only other thing then is video (the V in
KVM). In addition to being capable of
encapsulating USB traffic, Thunderbolt provides OS
support as part of the specification.
||//The only other thing then is video (the V in KVM). In addition to being capable of encapsulating USB traffic, Thunderbolt provides OS independent display support as part of the specification.
||Am I getting old or is that glossolalia?
||Them there Thunderbolts can be like a hole fer'
pluggin' in yer keyberd an' yer mouse, or they can be like a
hole for pluggin' in yer TV. Why, even both at the
same time, if ya can imagine!
||What is the "TV" you speak of?