There’s Now A ‘Completely Usable’ Version Of Linux Running On M1 Macs
Apple’s switch to its own M1 CPU not only meant that its own software would run lightning quick, but it meant that things like Windows and Linux wouldn’t be available.
That has now changed, at least in part, following the announcement that a “completely usable” version of Linux is ready for the M1 chips.
Security researchers at Cornellium have confirmed that they now have a build running, with all of the details available over on GitHub. There’s also an installation guide coming as well, although it wasn’t ready at the time of writing.
While there does appear to be support for things like USB and USB-C built into this version of linux, that doesn’t mean that it’s working at full pelt. There are some limitations, including the fact that graphics acceleration isn’t running.
Corellium said that it first began working on porting Linux to the M1 Macs earlier this month and it’s already got something up and running. While most people won’t need to install Linux on their Macs, being able to do it is still something that people could well benefit from, even in its less than 100% functional state.
Linux is now completely usable on the Mac mini M1. Booting from USB a full Ubuntu desktop (rpi). Network works via a USB c dongle. Update includes support for USB, I2C, DART. We will push changes to our GitHub and a tutorial later today. Thanks to the @CorelliumHQ team ❤️🙏 pic.twitter.com/uBDbDmvJUG