Ubuntu – Using Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) in Ubuntu


My Thinkpad X1 Carbon apparently supports Intel WiDi. I believe this should, in theory, allow me to share my screen with my Sony Bravia TV which supports Miracast.

Is it possible to make use of Wireless Display in Ubuntu to share my display with my TV?


I found a thread on ubuntuforums.com about this very issue. It was started in 2010 but it appears that as of the final post (January 2013) there was still no WiDi support in Ubuntu. As the commenter mentions, Windows 7 has had support for a while.

Best Answer

Intel has released "Open Source Software for IntelĀ® Wireless Display TV Adapter Firmware" Open Source Software for IntelĀ® Wireless Display TV Adapter Firmware That should get the computer talking to the tv via intel's WiDi.

EDIT: Be aware that this link is for source code released under the GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 2, June 1991 and compiling will be required.

EDIT2: Prerequisites:

PC running 32-bit Linux (e.g., Ubuntu 9.10)
Linux development tools: gawk, zlib1g-dev, libncurses5-dev, patch, etc. 
    To install the tools on Ubuntu: apt-get install gawk zlib1g-dev libncurses5-dev patch