Linux Security
    Linux Security
    Linux Security

    What must be done to bring Linux to the Apple M1 chip

    Date 14 Jan 2021
    494
    Posted By Brittany Day
    LS Hmepg 337x500 19

    Linus Torvalds would love to run Linux on an M1-powered Mac, and a crowd-sourced project is trying to port Linux to Apple's newest, but top Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman warns that it won't be easy. That being said, "With some luck and a lot of hard work, Linux users may eventually run Linux users' favorite OS on the next-generation of their favorite Apple hardware."

    Everyone loves Apple's new M1 chip Macs. Even Linux's creator Linus Torvalds has said "I'd absolutely love to have one if it just ran Linux." And, recently, Hector Martin, a Tokyo-based IT security consultant and hacker, is leading the crowd-funded Asahi Linux project to bring the Arch Linux distro to Apple's ARM-based M1 architecture.  But, in an e-mail interview, Greg Kroah-Hartman (gregkh), the Linux kernel maintainer for the stable branch and leader of the Linux Driver Project, said Asahi's programmers will face "lots of work in figuring out the hardware connected to the CPU (i.e.driver stuff)."

    Why would that be so hard you ask? Doesn't Linux run on almost every processor in the world from 80386s to IBM s390x to SPARC? Hasn't Linux been running on the ARM family since 1995? Yes and yes. But, in earlier cases, Linux developers had access to the chip's firmware, microcode, and documentation. That's not the case with the M1.

    LinuxSecurity Poll

    'Tis the season of giving! How have you given back to the open-source community?

    No answer selected. Please try again.
    Please select either existing option or enter your own, however not both.
    Please select minimum 0 answer(s) and maximum 3 answer(s).
    /main-polls/49-tis-the-season-of-giving-how-have-you-given-back-to-the-open-source-community?task=poll.vote&format=json
    49
    radio
    [{"id":"171","title":"I've contributed to the development of an open-source project.","votes":"9","type":"x","order":"1","pct":30,"resources":[]},{"id":"172","title":"I've reviewed open-source code for security bugs.","votes":"6","type":"x","order":"2","pct":20,"resources":[]},{"id":"173","title":"I've made a donation to an open-source project.","votes":"15","type":"x","order":"3","pct":50,"resources":[]}] ["#ff5b00","#4ac0f2","#b80028","#eef66c","#60bb22","#b96a9a","#62c2cc"] ["rgba(255,91,0,0.7)","rgba(74,192,242,0.7)","rgba(184,0,40,0.7)","rgba(238,246,108,0.7)","rgba(96,187,34,0.7)","rgba(185,106,154,0.7)","rgba(98,194,204,0.7)"] 350

    Please vote first in order to view vote results.


    VIEW MORE POLLS

    bottom 200

    Please enable / Bitte aktiviere JavaScript!
    Veuillez activer / Por favor activa el Javascript![ ? ]

    We use cookies to provide and improve our services. By using our site, you consent to our Cookie Policy.