Thanks to Corellium, a software virtualization company, Linux is now “completely usable” on Apple silicon Macs (via AppleInsider). The company’s CTO, Chris Wade, confirmed the arrival of Linux support earlier today. The port has been officially released via GitHub, and there will be a proper installation tutorial released at some point before the end of today as well.
Corellium began working on this effort at least earlier this month. The turnaround was pretty quick.
Linux is now completely usable on the Mac mini M1. Booting from USB a full Ubuntu desktop (rpi). Network works via a USB c dongle. Update includes support for USB, I2C, DART. We will push changes to our GitHub and a tutorial later today. Thanks to the @CorelliumHQ team ❤️🙏 pic.twitter.com/uBDbDmvJUG
— Chris Wade (@cmwdotme) January 20, 2021
The fact that Corellium is the company to get Linux up and running on an M1 Mac is noteworthy because of the legal battle between the virtualization company and Apple. The maker of iOS is not enthusiastic with the work that Corellium does with iOS software virtualization, and has gone to legal efforts to get the company to stop. For what it’s worth, Apple lost its copyright lawsuit against Corellium in December of last year.
But, Linux is up and running and “completely usable” on an M1 Mac. So that’s good news for Linux fans!