Asahi Linux It is a developer community project dedicated to making Linux run on Apple’s impressive M1 chip.According to its September progress report (thanks Tom’s hardware), the organization has made significant progress in its mission by running Ahasi Linux locally as a basic Linux desktop on the Apple M1 Mac.
This is a big problem, because if you try to run an operating system other than macOS on one of the computers, Apple will use a bunch of proprietary technologies that are not suitable for you. For some time, some adventurous developers have been trying to open Apple’s closed M1 ecosystem, and Asahi Linux may have just cracked the password.
M1 is an Arm-based SoC (System on Chip) customized by Apple. After abandoning Intel’s x86 silicon chip, it will be shown on Mac in 2020. M1 is the most powerful chip Apple has ever made, so you can imagine why some people might want to run Linux, for example, install Proton, This will turn their Mac into a killer gaming PC.
This huge feat was achieved by merging (or reviewing) a bunch of drivers for Linux 5.16, including drivers for PCIe, USB-C PD, ASC mailbox, etc. If you want to know if these are legal, don’t worry. As long as no code is extracted from macOS to build Linux support, the distribution is legal.
“With these drivers, the M1 Mac can be used as a desktop Linux machine! Although there is no GPU acceleration yet, the M1’s CPU is so powerful that the software rendered desktop is actually faster than on the Rockchip ARM64 machine with hardware acceleration. “Hector “marcan” Martin, who leads the development of Ashai Linux, wrote.
Now that Linux is running, it is expected that an official installer will be available for download soon for anyone with an adventurous spirit to try it out for themselves. However, as there are still some missing functions, please modify it at your own risk.
“Keep in mind that there are still many missing bits (USB3, TB, camera, GPU, audio, etc.) and the patch set is a bit problematic. It cannot be bundled as it is currently (WiFi, requires a lot of rewriting), so don’t “don’t expect this to be close The perfect experience of our project goals. In other words, we hope this will allow those who are willing to be at the absolute cutting edge to experience the feeling of running Linux on these machines-and, for some people, this may be sufficient for production use. “
The next step for Asahi Linux is to adopt the GPU kernel interface because its current version lacks GPU acceleration.You can keep track of the team’s progress Right here, along with GitHub page All tools and documents involved in the project.