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The 'hacker' who managed to run Linux on the PS4 has set out to repeat his feat with Apple Silicon processors



Hector Martin (aka 'mark', aka'Fail0verflow') rose to fame within the geek world when, in January 2017, he announced during a hacker event that he had achieved altering the software and hardware of a PS4 to install Linux in it (and manage to run it successfully).



Martin clearly is fond of technological challenges, because he has announced that your next challenge will be getting Linux running on the MacBook M1 just released by those from Cupertino:




"[Estos] ARM-based Macs far outperform other similar machines. Wouldn't it be great if they could run Linux too? "



"It turns out they can do it, but someone has to do the work. Since these devices are new and tailored to Silicon processors, porting Linux to run on them is a big project."








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"As much as to become a full-time job," he says in his fundraising campaign on Patreon, with which hespira to earn $ 4,000 per month and in which anyone can collaborate by putting at least € 3 per month.



All obstacles by Apple



Unfortunately, since it is not open hardware, developing a Linux port for it forces to resort to reverse engineering. And your achievement with the PS4 may not be repeatable in this case.



Linus Torvalds himself, the creator of Linux, recently stated that he would like to be able to use the new M1s, but that holds little hope of achieving it because of Linux policy that Apple maintains in this regard:




"It seems like Apple can run Linux on its cloud, but its laptops can't."




And it is that the apple company has made it clear that for now Windows and Linux only have a place in their new processors running in a virtualized way ...



... although, at least, in the case of Windows have left the door open for Microsoft to reach an agreement with them to license your technology, an option that does not exist in the case of Linux.



Via | OMG Ubuntu