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What hardware does TLXOS support? What is each TLXOS edition for?


We do not maintain any kind of hard ware compatibility list - this is not practical for a software distribution that aspires to run on a wide range of desktop hardware.

  • TLXOS RPi IoT supports all Raspberry Pi models with an ARMv6 CPU, such as the version 1 Pi models, the Zero / Zero W, and the original Compute Module.  TLXOS RPi IoT does not support HDX or Horizon modes because Citrix and VMware do not provide ARMv6 ports of their software.  Due to very limited use, we will most likely discontinue support for TLXOS RPi IoT starting from TLXOS 5.0.0.
  • TLXOS RPi supports all Raspberry Pi models with an ARMv7 or ARMv8 CPU, ie. all version 2, 3 and 4 Pis, and the version 3 Compute Model.  It uses a 32-bit kernel only.
  • TLXOS ISFF (Intel Small Form Factor, a.k.a. NUC32/NUC64) is intended primarily for the Intel NUC range, although we have trouble keeping up with support for Intel's latest models (Intel churns out new models at a phenomenal rate).  It also works on Sterling City Compute Sticks (STK1*), and mostly works (unreliable WiFi, missing Bluetooth) on the original Falls City Compute Stick (STCK1*); we don't know whether or not it works on newer STK2* models.  ISFF may work on other devices with an Intel CPU and Intel mainboard chipsets / SOCs, but we cannot guarantee this. We expect that it will probably work on most third party NUC clones and similar small form factor devices (NIC chipset may be a limiting factor - ISFF supports only Intel and Realtek gigabit ethernet chipsets (e1000e and r8169 drivers)).  ISFF is for physical hardware only, and will not run as a virtual machine.
    • ISFF will soon be changing to SFF, i.e. we are going to drop the "Intel" and extend the edition to work on AMD small form factor devices also.  TLXOS SFF will be fully 64-bit (i.e. we are keeping "NUC64" and dropping "NUC32").  It will support ATI/AMD, nVidia and Via GPUs as well as Intel GPUs.  Ethernet and Wifi support will remain very limited compared with RePC, supporting chipsets found in modern hardware only.
  • TLXOS RePC (Repurposed PC, a.k.a. Phoenix PC) tries to support as much x86 PC hardware as possible.  It has both a 32-bit kernel (without PAE and therefore limited to 4 GiB of RAM) and a 64-bit kernel, and will automatically use the most appriopriate one.  Its main focus is desktop PCs, specifically Intel or AMD x86 PCs with a Pentium or later CPU and a PCI or PCIe bus (ISA bus is not supported) with AGP or PCIe graphics and IDE- or SATA-based storage.  Virtual machine hardware is well supported for common virtualization platforms (VMware ESX/Workstation, VirtualBox, Xen, KVM, Hyper-V).  USB peripheral support is mostly limited to HID (Human Interfaces Device, i.e. mouse and keyboard) and storage class devices, network devices and webcams.   Most x86 laptops, notebooks and tablets will be at least partially supported, but such hardware is incredibly diverse due to integrated peripherals and unusual bus technologies.  TLXOS is not intended for use off of mains power or stable furniture, and lacks support for advanced power management, orientation sensors, and so forth.  For licensing purposes we require that the PC provide a stable and genuinely unique mainboard SMBIOS/DMI product UUID; if it does not (which is rare), you will not be able to license it.

All TLXOS kernels have compiled in ".config" support, so you can retrieve the configuration that we used to build the kernel via /proc/config.gz.


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Date added: 2019-06-02 09:12:58
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