Linux On M1 Macs?

A new update from Linux should soon allow to easily install the operating system on the Mac M1. A stable version of the software platform could even be made available next June.

Until then, Mac M1 users will have to content themselves with getting Linux running on their M1 Macs. Booting the operating system kernel – on 2020 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini with the Apple M1 chip – requires a few rounds of corrections. The tinkering should be eliminated within two months with the release of version 5.13 of Linux. If we are to believe Phoronix, the owners of these Apple computers should soon to be able to install the open source operating system more easily on their computers. The developers are currently working flat out on this project.

Note that the release of this information comes a few months after a major announcement by Corellium. The start-up actually said last January that it had successfully ported Ubuntu to M1 Macs.

A stable release from June

The Apple M1 is the first processor from the Cupertino company to adopt the ARM architecture. Although significant improvements are noted in terms of performance and energy consumption, the transition to a different architecture prevents the installation of Linux, hence the interest in the long-awaited official port.

The developers have been actively working on the update for several weeks and are confident. They even mention the possibility of offering a stable enough release next June. So users should be able to take advantage of the open source operating system on their Mac M1 in the near future.

Bridging the gap between computers and mobile devices

The first version of the program will land with the new Linux kernel 5.13. It doesn’t provide a full experience, although some key elements such as UART bits, interrupts, SMP, and DeviceTree must be present to provide access to basic functionality.

Apple wants to open up new possibilities for developers and users. To that end, the company is working to reduce the gap between its products. The switch to chips based on the ARM architecture in particular should make it possible to bring Macs closer to iPhones and iPads.

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