Linus Torvalds says Apple M1 looks nice for Linux (if it only had drivers)

Posted on Wednesday, Nov 25 2020 @ 12:52 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Linux creator Linus Torvalds said he likes what Apple has done with its M1 SoC and that he'd love to have one of these new MacBook Air laptops to run Linux on. However, Torvalds says this is most likely not going to happen as it's not worth the trouble.

The Apple M1 SoC is by far the fastest ARM-based chip for the consumer market but Torvalds isn't interested unless Apple opens up. And that's an unlikely scenario:
In an exclusive interview, Torvalds expanded on why he can't see porting Linux to the M1-based Macs. "The main problem with the M1 for me is the GPU and other devices around it, because that's likely what would hold me off using it because it wouldn't have any Linux support unless Apple opens up."

Apple has long had a love/hate relationship with open source. Apple's never been forthcoming with the hardware technical details that open-source developers need to make the most of their gear.
More details at ZD Net.


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