Asahi Linux

January 6, 2021

Hector Martin “marcan“ is building Linux for Apple Silicon Macs. To me, the most impressive part is reverse-engineering Apple's hardware with zero documentation or help from Apple.

Some notes from the official website:

The majority of the work resides in hardware support, drivers, and tools, and it will be upstreamed to the relevant projects... We expect that support will eventually trickle up and back down to other distributions.

And finally:

Asahi means “rising sun” in Japanese, and it is also the name of an apple cultivar. 旭りんご (asahi ringo) is what we know as the McIntosh Apple, the apple variety that gave the Mac its name.