Now anyone can run Linux on M1 Macs

The ability to run operating systems other than Mac OS on Apple’s new Macs with M1 chips took a big leap forward last week when the developers of Asahi Linux released a first alpha version.

Previously, daring users have been able to install the system on their own initiative, but there has been no installation script.

The installation requires at least 53 gigabytes of free space on the built-in storage (for a complete installation with a desktop environment) and works on all M1 Macs except the new Mac Studio. Your computer must be up to date with Mac OS 12.3.

In addition to making it possible to start the computer with Linux at all, Hector Martin and the other developers have fixed drivers for a wide range of components, but a lot still remains. Graphics acceleration is the most important thing – support for it is underway but the developers write that M1 is so powerful that Linux graphical interface does not feel sluggish without acceleration.

Other things you have to wait for are support for display port, thunderbolt, bluetooth, camera and sleep mode. Among the functions that already work, we find wifi, ethernet, battery status and charge control and usb (partially).

An ingenious thing about Apple Silicon machines is that you do not have to put your entire computer in an insecure position to run alternative operating systems. Each installed system has separate security settings, so while Linux needs to be set to lower security, Mac OS can continue to have the highest possible security.