With the Apple Silicon chips based on ARM, the field of possibilities opens up enormously for the machines of the Cupertino company. Linux might even be officially supported there soon.
By deciding to manufacture its own chips based on the ARM architecture, Apple is further narrowing the gap between its iPhones / iPads and its Macs. And it opens up new possibilities for developers as well as users. One of the advantages, for example, is that you can run Linux with little or no problem. Developers are actively working on it .
Linux porting on M1 Macs is well underway
While Parallels now officially supports Macs with an Apple Silicon chip, M1 in this case at the moment, Microsoft still needs to allow users to purchase / download the ARM version of Windows 10. If you want to install a dual boot on your Mac M1, Windows is not yet an option but maybe you might be interested in Linux.
Official support may arrive soon
There has already been a lot of work done on this to get Linux running on a Mac 1 and it looks like the developers are confident enough to have something stable enough by June. At least that’s what emerges from a report from Phoronix, claiming that the Linux 5.13 cycle could arrive when support for Apple Silicon is introduced.
That being said, it should be noted that this won’t necessarily mean delivering a full Linux experience, at least not in the first place. The initial port would allow you to use things like UART, interrupts, SMP, DeviceTree, etc. So this would be more proof of feasibility than anything else. In other words, if you intend to use Linux on a regular basis, it probably won’t be a good idea to use this port.
This development follows an announcement made some time ago. Corellium had managed to port Ubuntu to M1 Macs, although it wasn’t really the proper Linux kernel.