Asahi Linux

The Asahi Linux distribution team, which is creating a Linux port on Apple devices with Apple Silicon ARM chips, has published an updated version of its work and reports numerous progress in its blog.

The developers published an alpha for the M1, M1 Pro and M1 Max back in March. Now comes support for the M2 and M1 Ultra. In addition to continually expanding support for devices with Apple Silicon SoCs, Asahi now also supports Bluetooth for the first time.

Apple Silicon is now fully supported by Asahi Linux with the recent update. Although the developers point out that Asahi Linux is still in the alpha stage and is very experimental, especially on systems with an M2 processor.

The alpha version of Asahi Linux assumes the following system requirements:

  • M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, M1 Ultra or M2
  • MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, iMac or Mac Studio
  • macOS 12.3 (“Monterey”) or macOS 13.0 (“Ventura”)
  • At least 53 GB of free hard disk space
  • An active internet connection

The foundation for Asahi Linux is the ARM version of Arch Linux, which has been reverse engineered to Apple Silicon SoC. The developers are currently using the modular free desktop KDE Plasma in version 5.24 as the user interface. Source codes are available on GitHub.

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