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Corellium is the first to get it

A few days ago we were talking about how Corellium, a virtualization company, had managed to boot Linux on the M1. However, that was an early beta of the system on the new Apple chip, with no graphical user interface and very limited.

Today, Chris Wade, Technology Lead at Corellium, announced that Ubuntu Linux is fully usable on the Mac mini M1. Not without hardware limitations, as you might expect, but at least we already know: computers with M1 are not closed at boot with macOS.

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M1 Linux

Chris Wade has commented that to boot Ubuntu on a Mac mini M1 used a USB that contained a full version of the system in its variant for Raspberry Pi, which as we know also uses ARM architecture.

On what works and what doesn't, for now Wade has mentioned that to have network access, they have used a dongle USB-C. This may be good news in the sense that driver compatibility across the computer ports is not problematic.

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There is big gaps like GPU accelerated rendering, and for now we will have to settle for software rendering. Thus, graphically, the M1 in Linux is still far from being able to be squeezed to the level achievable in macOS. It will probably be the hardest thing to do, according to several involved in the attempts to bring the system to the new Apple machines.

For those who want to try, Wade has announced that at the end of the day they will publish a headline so that anyone can install Ubuntu on their M1, along with a code update on GitHub. We will have to wait and see how this work influences Asahi Linux, the other project (active on Patreon) to bring Linux to M1. Both projects are having conflicts over the open source approach.