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Linux has become fully usable via Macs


Ubuntu, a popular Linux distribution, can now be operated via new Mac with AppleM1 chip, thanks to Corellium, the security company that offers a virtual version of iOS for security testing.

Corellium has released a tutorial for those interested in experimenting with this pilot project in order to run the modified version of Ubuntu via the normal user interface with USB support.

Corellium team explained in detail how they managed to run Ubuntu, and while a number of M1 components are shared with Apple's portable chipsets, non-standard chips have made it difficult to create Linux drivers to run Ubuntu correctly.

Apple has not designed Macs with the M1 chip to support dual-take-off mode or Boot Camp.

Craig Federighi, Senior Vice President of Software Engineering at Apple, ruled out official support for the local operation of alternative operating systems, such as Windows or Linux.

Virtualization seems to be Apple's preferred method, but that hasn't stopped people from trying their own ways.

Hector Martin, a developer who regularly runs Linux across a variety of devices, brings Linux to Mac with the M1 chip.

Developers seem to be attracted to the performance advantages offered by Apple M1 chip, and the ability to run Linux via a silent ARM-based machine.

Linus Torvalds, Linux designer, said last November: I've been waiting for an ARM-based laptop that can run Linux for a long time, and the new MacBook Air will be almost perfect, with the exception of the operating system.

Chris Wade, Corellium's chief technology officer, describes the new method provided by the company as fully usable via a Mac Mini with the M1 chip.

He added: Working by taking off the full Ubuntu version of a USB desktop, you need a USB-C dongle to make the networks work, and the process as a whole requires some familiarity with the Linux system and custom kernel. 

Corellium has some experience in dealing with apple's operating system protections, offering security researchers a virtual iPhone to help explore vulnerabilities.

This angered Apple to the point where it filed lawsuits against Corellium, but lost the challenge early against Corellium late last year, after it filed the suit for copyright reasons in August 2019.

Apple later alleged violations of the Millennium Digital Material Copyright Act in January 2020, and the judge dismissed copyright infringement claims in December.

The ruling on separate allegations in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act has been postponed.