Do you know what Asahi means in Japanese? It means “rising sun” and it is also a variety of apples.

Of Apple ? Yes, from apple… Apple in English. Yes, we are going to talk today about Asahi, a project whose goal is to port Linux to Mac Silicon (the famous M1…etc), starting with the Mac Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 2020 M1.

Their objective is not simply to run a linux but also to optimize it to make it a pleasant operating system to use on a daily basis.

However, this requires a lot of work because Apple Silicon is very poorly documented, and the devs have to reverse Apple’s GPU architecture and develop the open source driver that works. Big challenge to follow!

For the moment, only an alpha has been released. A lot of things work like wifi, usb, SD card reader…etc. On the other hand, for bluetooth, Thunderbolt, GPU acceleration…etc you will have to wait a little longer. But as I told you, it’s an Alpha version. The dual boot works so you can enjoy Asahi while keeping macOS. And if you crash, no big deal, you can always delete the Asahi partition or reinstall your Mac via its install recovery mode.

To install Asahi, you must update your macOS to a version >= 12.3, have at least 53 GB of disk space, open a terminal and enter the following command:

curl | sh

You will find more info here.

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