Fast forward to this month, Apple also dropped Intel CPU and launched its first home-baked ARM-based M1 processor, along with new MacBooks and a desktop Mac Mini powered by the same chip.
So, as you may know, in 2015, Linus Torvalds affirmed to have a machine with an ARM in the coming year. Therefore, when he was asked on Real World Technologies Forum to share his thought about the new Apple’s ARM Macs, he absolutely agreed to have one.
But, obviously, with a condition of running a Linux operating system rather than a macOS.
He further added that he has been waiting for an ARM laptop that can run Linux for a long time. And he thinks the new MacBook Air would be almost perfect, except for the OS.
But the dream of running Linux on Apple’s Mac seems far away as he clarifies in the next line by saying that he has no time to tinker with it or the inclination to fight companies that don’t want to help.
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Even in the latest exclusive interview with Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, Torvalds explained the reason that even though he wants Apple laptop, he won’t use it.
This is because he believes the problem with the M1 is the GPU and other devices support that he won’t be able to port and use in Linux as Apple won’t share the technical details with open source developers.
So, currently, nothing seems to open up from Apple’s side, and hence, Linus still has to stay with his current PC powered by AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X processor.
Via — ZDNet