The Asahi team has successfully started Linux on M1 Pro: there is still a lot of work to follow
After Apple released the 2021 14/16-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 Pro / M1 Max chipset last month, the Asahi team is also working hard to achieve the goal of running the Linux open source operating system on the new hardware. After completing the M1 platform last year,Hector Martin of the Asahi Linux project team has now announced on Twitter that it has reached a new milestone-successfully booting to a Shell interface on the M1 Pro device through an available USB port.
It is reported that Hector Martin of the Asahi Linux project team has been committed to crowdsourcing LinuxAppleRun on the latest hardware platform.
In the past year, he has also worked with many enthusiastic developersMacBookPut a lot of effort into running the Linux open source operating system.
On the basis of previous experience, this time the Linux boot work of M1 Pro / M1 Max MacBook has become familiar.
Although there is still a long way to go to the final goal, it is certain that SMP symmetric multiprocessing, IRQ/IPI interrupts, Framebuffer Console, DART, USB (including power supply), I2C, and GPIO are all available now. It can be used in conjunction with the M1 Pro platform.
Next, the Asahi Linux team will put more energy on the PCI Express bus, especially to get SD card reader and Wi-Fi wireless network support (hope that subsequent storage support can also be improved soon). As for keyboard/touchpad support, it still relies on the proof-of-concept SPI driver.
Finally, like last year’s Apple M1, the Asahi Linux team still faces problems such as DRM kernel driver and OpenGL/Vulkan-based graphics support. Only by improving these functions, Linux users can give full play to the performance of Apple’s new hardware.