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    This is neat, and I think it’s great that folks are doing the work - hopefully by the time that Apple stops supporting these devices, Linux will be there so anybody wanting to make use of the hardware as long as it lives can do so.

    But what I would really love to see is ARM hardware that rivals the Apple M1 that supports Linux out of the box. I keep hoping that the Raspberry Pi folks (or somebody) will finally release a version that’s beefy enough for real work with support for NVMe drive and so forth.

    It’s probably a fantasy, but I’d really love to see hardware that’s as good as or at least close to as good as Apple’s but for Linux. Especially WRT battery life…

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      I agree so much. I’d be fine with something less beafy even as long as it allows for a crazy battery life. Like an 32 core ARM with really good throttling and power management.

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        I agree that we need a good ARM competitor, but it’s going to take a long time. None of the other ARM vendors are pursuing the laptop market at all. There are some strong server ARM companies, but they’ve got a way bigger power budget and don’t have to make laptop-compatible device drivers. Microsoft has already made ARM Surface notebooks for years but they never pushed for a high-performance processor and never captured enough of the market to get much third party software support.

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        I’m waiting for M1 Linux support to become boring, reliable technology. Then I will be replacing my work computers.

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          I feel like there must be quite a while to go before stuff like graphics and sound is there. Given how I can’t still reliably run Linux on a 2018 macbook air (intel i5) doesn’t fill me with great hope.

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            Graphics progress seems to be promising.

            From a comment on the thread for this topic on HN:

            „Current dEQP-GLES2 status: 93.8% passing.“ https://twitter.com/alyssarzg/status/1419064274350080003

            This is on macOS, using the macOS kernel driver with the mesa open source userspace (i.e. not Metal) that Alyssa is working on. It means that right now there is no GPU support on Linux, but once the kernel driver (which is simpler than the userspace part) is written, things will go from nothing to likely able to run a full accelerated desktop in days, since the bulk of the userspace work will already be done. I’m working on the display controller driver first (since it is arguably more complex in interface, but shares concepts, and is also a dependency for “real” GPU acceleration since you need things like vsync/page flipping to do it properly), and once that’s able to at least do basic screen bring-up, I’ll tackle the GPU side.

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            Cool. I’d love to see Linux take advantage of whatever extra goodies and efficiencies Apple threw into the M1. Something to the M1 what Clear Linux is to Intel hardware. Probably not going to hold my breath for that.