Now that USB 3.0 is out, when will Linux get it?
Well, Linux has it. Windows does not. Mac does not.
Are you shocked? If so, you have just exposed a limitation on your own thinking. Linux supports more hardware (overall configuration and bits and piece) than any other system, by far. Linux is quicker to support hardware other than cases where proprietary drivers come out with the hardware from closed source companies, but Linux then ultimately tends to support those drivers sooner than other non-targeted OS systems do.
In fact, let me tell you just how bad your thinking was on this, if you were at all surprised that Linux has USB 3.0 support (and has had it since last September) while the other operating systems do not. You probably think that some hardware only works with some systems. For example, a Mac G3 can run a Mac system, and a “PC” by Hewlett Packard can run only a Microsoft Windows system. So far so good. You may even think that there is some magical reason why this is the case, something fundamentally Windowey about PC’s and something fundamentally Macey about Macs.
But no. There is no pragmatic reason that any given computer operating system (among those being discussed) can’t operate any piece of hardware that any other system operates. None.
And Linux developers know this so they just go ahead and develop the software to run the hardware. The failure of proprietary systems to serve the diversity of hardware that is out there has turned into a fetish system whereby we believe things that are not true, not good for us to believe, but that benefit the proprietary companies.
Anyway, details of USB 3, Linux and also Firewire are here.