The M1 family of Apple Mac computers with Apple M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra processors can now run Linux operating systems – native support for these chips has been included in the Linux 6.2 kernel.
Linus Torvalds stated that he had been waiting for a laptop with an Arm processor that would run Linux for a long time, but he felt that such a scenario would be extremely unlikely without Apple divulging all the specifications of the new platform.
Torvalds announced that after a "long wait," Linux support for Arm processors, and in particular the M1, is now available for most common Linux distributions, although it remains an experimental feature. Linux 6.2 is expected to be the default basis for Ubuntu 23.04 and will be included in Fedora 38 until Linux 6.3 is released at the end of April.
The Linux 6.2 kernel includes many innovations from companies such as Intel, AMD, Google, and Red Hat. Notable improvements include stable out-of-the-box support for Intel Arc Graphics, as well as basic support for NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30-series accelerated graphics.
The NTFS3 file kernel driver has also been enhanced as well as improving the performance of older Intel Skylake PCs.
The previous Linux 6.1 kernel version will be valid until at least the end of 2026. Therefore, fixes from kernel version 6.2 are likely to eventually be included in version 6.1.
The Linux 6.2 kernel includes significant new hardware capabilities and functionality, but the most striking news remains that Apple M1 processors are still supported.
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