A few days ago we recommended what we thought could be the best laptops this year to work with Linux as an operating system. We did not suspect at that time that a Mac, specifically the MacBook Air M2 that Apple launched in Spain last July 15could become if not the best, then one of the best platforms for testing Linux kernel development.
Of that at least he is convinced Linus Torvaldswhich in the notes that accompany the revision of version 5.19 of what is the heart of any distribution of this operating system, indicates that the correction of errors and bugs has been made on this ARM-based platform.
As some of you may know, not too long ago the Asahi Linux guys announced that they had successfully completed the development of the first distribution 100% compatible with the Apple Silicon platform. In fact, with the publication of the new version of the Linux Kernel, Torvalds himself has congratulated them for his work.
“It’s something I’ve been waiting for a long time and it’s finally a reality, thanks to the Asahi team,” Torvalds wrote. “We’ve had arm64 hardware around running Linux for a long time, but none of it has really been usable as a development platform until now.”
Since the Asahi Linux engineering team began working on the development of their own distribution for Apple’s first M1 chip, the truth is that progress has been quite rapid and after a first release, they have not been slow to support other processors such as the M2 or the M1 Ultra, as they have been released.
Best of all, the ultimate goal of this group of developers is to make advancements available to you.All distributions that want to release their own “flavors” for the M1 or M2so it would not be surprising that sooner rather than later, we see distributions like Ubuntu, Fedora or Linux Mint running without problems on the new Apple laptops.
Although it is true that in the current state of development of Asahi there are still many things to improve and to optimize, the news is undoubtedly very positive for the Open-Source community, since it makes it easier for more and more developers and engineers to are going to get involved in supporting ARM for Linux applications, at a time when not only Apple, but also Microsoft, Qualcomm or Samsung see that the future of the PC passes through this platform.
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