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

  • 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 have discontinued support for TLXOS RPi IoT except for our Long Term Stable (LTS) releases (currently 4.8.x).  Since 4.10.x will soon become the new LTS, we have also released TLXOS RPi IoT 4.10.1 in anticipation of this.
  • TLXOS RPi supports all Raspberry Pi models with an ARMv7 or ARMv8 CPU, ie. all version 2, 3 and 4 Pis (including Compute Model 3 and 4) and the Zero 2.  It uses a 32-bit kernel only.
  • TLXOS SFF (Small Form Factor, a.k.a. NUC64) is a fully 64-bit O/S for modern purpose-built thin client devices.  Its hardware support is very limited compared with RePC (particularly Ethernet and WiFi), supporting chipsets found in modern hardware only.  ATI/AMD, Intel, nVidia and Via GPUs are supported (albeit rather poorly in the Via case - this is due to fundamentally poor Linux support and can't be helped).  SFF is for physical hardware only, and will not run as a virtual machine.
    • For licensing purposes we generally require that the device provide a stable and genuinely unique mainboard SMBIOS/DMI product UUID.  Unfortunately, BIOSes providing non-unique unique identifiers are becoming increasingly common for low-cost off-brand thin clients.  Such devices can only be licensed for use with TLXOS using a fallback MAC-address based scheme with significant inconveniences.  Versions of TMS and tms_client earlier than 8.3.0 do not support fallback licensing and will refuse to license such hardware.
  • TLXOS ISFF (Intel Small Form Factor, a.k.a. NUC32/NUC64) was the older incarnation of TLXOS SFF (it became SFF starting from version 4.8.0), limited to Intel CPUs and Intel-based mainboards.  It was intended primarily for the Intel NUC range, but also works on Sterling City Compute Sticks (STK1*), and mostly works (unreliable WiFi, missing Bluetooth) on the original Falls City Compute Stick (STCK1*).  ISFF may work on other devices with an Intel CPU and Intel mainboard chipsets / SOCs, but we cannot guarantee this. ISFF is for physical hardware only, and will not run as a virtual machine.
  • 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 appropriate one; its userspace is 32-bit.  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 mobile computing (i.e. use off of mains power or stable furniture), and lacks support for advanced power management, orientation sensors, and so forth.

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.

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

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Article ID: 35
Category: Frequently Asked Questions
Date added: 2019-06-02 09:12:58
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