Linus Torvalds announces the release of Linux 5.19 and this time he has released a version of Linux that runs on an Arm-based Apple MacBook and runs Asahi Linux.
However, calmly. Torvalds says that Linux 5.19 contains “nothing really interesting” and “a lot of random stuff.” According to Torvalds, the most interesting thing about this release is that he used the Arm64 development platform to run it. Torvalds insisted on using the Apple M1 MacBook Air.
Last year, the Asahi Linux project worked on adapting the Arch Linux distribution to the Apple M1 architecture. But leading Linux maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman (gregkh) predicted it would be difficult because no one but Apple has official specifications for its Arm chips.
“This is the third time I’ve used Apple hardware for Linux development”
“For a decade or so, I would complain that it is very, very difficult to find the right ARM hardware for development. They exist, but they certainly haven’t been a real competitor for x86 so far,” Torvalds said shortly after Apple announced Silicon.
According to Torvalds, Apple’s Arm hardware and its viable Linux operating system have changed Arm’s status as a development platform. “This is what I have been waiting for a long time and it finally happened thanks to the Asahi team. We’ve had Arm64 hardware running Linux for a long time, but none of them were really usable as a development platform, so far away,” Torvalds wrote on Sunday.
“This is my third time using Apple hardware for Linux development – I did this a few years ago for PowerPC development on a PPC970 machine. Then, more than a decade ago, when the Macbook Air was the only truly lightweight computer available. arm64 platform.
He has yet to use Apple hardware for “real work”.
Torvalds does not state what model of Apple Mac he is currently using, but confirms that it is a portable computer, so it is possible that he is using Apple’s new MacBook Air M2, but it is also possible that it is a MacBook Air M1.
He said he hasn’t used the Apple hardware for “real work” yet, but can now try out the Linux kernel on Arm64 the next time he’s on the road. “Not that I use it for real work, I literally only did test builds and downloads. But I try to make sure that the next time I go on a trip, I can travel with this computer,” wrote Torvalds.
As for Asahi, the project released an update last month that added support for Apple Mac Studio, Bluetooth, and M2.
Torvalds notes that the next release of the Linux kernel is likely to be 6.0.