Last month some very good information came to the fore for all those Linux lovers. You could use this operating system on Macs with M1 but not fully functional. Asahi Linux claims that the software is “usable as a basic Linux desktop.” However today we have the news that we can run fully functional Linux on an M1 in just 20 seconds.
Canonical, the publisher of Ubuntu, announced “the fastest way” to run cross-platform Linux on a Mac with M1, through Multipass. Users can launch a virtual machine image with one command and have Linux running on a Mac M1 in as little as 20 seconds. So Multipass has become the easiest way to have and run Linux on a Mac M1. Easy and functional, what everyone wants, at least a priori.
With the Multipass version 1.8.0, users can take advantage of even more features, such as aliases, that allow users to bind commands within a virtual machine to commands on the host operating system. In his blog, he explains a little more in detail how the process is:
For those who only need a Linux environment for a few use cases, this is a paradigm shift. Instead of switching contexts to access the software they need, these users can now run software inside their virtual machines directly from the host terminal. Aliases can give users a near-native experience for any Linux program. For example, aliases could be an alternative to Docker Desktop for developers looking to run Docker on Windows or Mac.
The Linux operating system is taking the longest to be fully compatible with Apple’s new processors, but with patience everything is achieved. It is a matter of testing.