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Linux on M1 isn't possible yet as Apple keeps the hardware in secret

There will be no native Linux on M1 for now

30.Nov.20 9:36 AM
By Shawn Highstraw


Linux on M1 isn't possible yet as Apple keeps the hardware in secret
Linux originator Linus Torvalds on the Real world Technologies forum indicated that he would be happy to use a Macbook with Apple's M1 processor if Linux could run on it. He suspects that this will not be the case, or at least not in the near future.

Torvalds has long claimed to be looking for a powerful ARM laptop on which Linux can be run. The new Macbook Air would be a potential candidate for this application, although the developer indicates that he does not have time or the will to deal with companies that do not want to provide support.

There's the point. The main problem with the M1-soc would be the GPU, as well as the peripherials. As long as Apple does not share information about the hardware, Linux cannot be supported. He fears that this will not change soon, though he remains hopeful for change.

Torvalds also hopes for CPUs with more cores. Linus Torvalds would have liked to have seen a device where the emphasis is on the use of several stronger cores, rather than a longer battery time. For example, the M1-soc is equipped with four stronger cores and four weaker, more efficient cores.

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