Linux on Mac is already so usable that even Linus Torvalds has used a MacBook Air M2 to publish the latest kernel

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When Apple released the M1 chips and new hardware based on these SoCs, it did so with one major hurdle: You could only officially use them natively with macOS. The Asahi Linux project, however, managed to get us to install Linux on these computers, and it’s now working so well that even Linus Torvalds has admitted to using it.

If possible. When Apple launched those teams, even Linus Torvalds recognized that would love to have one. The problem, of course, was that it was not possible to use them natively with Linux. Apple did not offer any kind of support or help in this area, but Héctor Martin (@marcan42) and a group of developers has been working for months on the asahi linux project to bring Linux to those Macs with ARM chips.

Said and done. In March 2022, this singular milestone occurred, and that team finally offered a way to use Linux on Macs with M1 chips. This support has been extended to other models and even to the new MacBook Air with M2 chip. It is true that there are certain limitations, especially in the support and use of the GPU, but even so, these computers are fully usable with that Linux distribution.

Linus already uses Asahi Linux. The creator of the Linux kernel and its head announced something unique when releasing Linux kernel 5.19. He acknowledged that he had published that version “with an arm64 laptop” which as indicated those responsible for Asahi Linux was one of the new MacBook Air M2.

a small victory. Linus explained how this “is something I’ve been waiting to be able to do for a loooong time and it’s finally possible thanks to the Asahi team.” He added, though, “Not that I’ve used it for a lot of real work, I’ve literally just done test builds and bootstraps and now that version tagging. But I’m making sure the next time I travel, I can travel with this machine as my laptop and thus try on my meat that side of Linux in arm64 too”.

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But can I really install Linux on my Mac M1/M2? Of course. On the Asahi Linux site explain the process —which is quite simple and highly automated—, which is compatible with equipment with M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max chips, but also the M1 Ultra and the new M2.

almost everything works. In those models with the latest chip you must have https://asahlinux.org/2022/07/july-2022-release/, and in general we will find quite (but not completely) functional equipment. The main limitation is the lack of GPU hardware acceleration, but the CPU works so well that the smoothness of the desktop and graphical applications is more than decent. Even those limitations are being ironed out: Bluetooth support was recently completed, and GPU support is well on its way, so the future looks great for this project.

When Apple released the M1 chips and new hardware based on these SoCs, it did so with one major hurdle:…

When Apple released the M1 chips and new hardware based on these SoCs, it did so with one major hurdle:…

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