Linux for Apple M1 running on bare metal (Alpha)

Asahi Linux for Apple M1 (Arch Linux ARM port) has been released in alpha, if anyone is interested.

Honestly, Debian for ARM in a VM is way more functional. Though this is a promising development, I think GPU acceleration will be a big stumbling block…


For now anyway,

Purely from a home server perspective (e.g. the $700/€800 8G Mac Mini), there’s still some overhead to the VM approach, e.g. smaller page sizes (4k vs 16k) reducing CPU performance and MacOS sitting in the background outside the VM taking up ram space, … and then you have MacOS updates+Linux updates to deal with to manage the whole thing.

Bare metal would definitely remove a complexity layer, if/when the hardware support for various things lands.

I’m looking forward to it.