The first Linux distribution to support Apple M1 / ​​Pro / Max Mac

Asahi Linux is an organized group that researches Linux for Apple Silicon macs. On March 18, Asahi Linux announced that it has successfully run on the M1 MacBook Air laptop and opened the download and installation of Asahi Linux.

Asahi Linux has released the first public alpha version on the official blog platform, suitable for developers and advanced users, and supports OTA upgrades.

To install Asahi Linux, users need to meet the following requirements:

  • M1, M1 Pro, or M1 Max computer (except Mac Studio)
  • macOS 12.3 or later, logged in as an administrator user
  • At least 53GB of free disk space (desktop installation). Asahi Linux Desktop requires 15GB, but the installer reserves an additional 38GB of disk space in macOS to avoid breaking macOS updates.
  • Connect to the internet and the installer will download 700MB ~ 4GB of data

For users who meet the requirements, just enter the following command in the terminal to start the installation:

curl | sh

As the first alpha version, Asahi Linux still has many bugs, which can be experienced by users who want to try it out.

Supported features:
  • Wi-Fi
  • USB2 (Thunderbolt)
  • USB3 (Mac Mini Type-A port)
  • Screen (no GPU)
  • NVMe
  • Laptop lid opening and closing
  • power button
  • Built-in display (frame buffer only)
  • Built-in keyboard/touchpad
  • Display backlight on/off
  • Battery Information/Charge Control
  • RTC
  • Ethernet (Desktop)
  • SD Card Reader (M1 Pro / Max)
  • CPU frequency switching
Unsupported features:
  • DisplayPort
  • Thunderbolt interface
  • HDMI on MacBook
  • Bluetooth
  • GPU acceleration
  • Video codec acceleration
  • Neural Engine
  • CPU deep idle
  • sleep mode
  • camera
  • Touch Bar
Known issues:
  • If Wi-Fi doesn't work, try turning it off and on in the network management menu
  • If the headphone jack is not working or only one channel is working, try restarting.

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