Ubuntu Linux is installable and functional on the M1 Mac, thanks to work done by Corellium, Corellium CTO Chris Wade announced early this morning. The company’s security researchers have developed a port that was released on GitHub with an installation tutorial that comes later today.
Corellium was able to run successfully on Linux via USB, with a USB-C dongle allowing networking capabilities and support for USB, I2C and DART. There are some limitations without GPU acceleration support and the port relies on software rendering instead.
Linux is now fully usable for Mac mini M1. Boot from USB full desktop to Ubuntu (rpi). The network works via USB with a key. The update includes support for USB, I2C, DART. We will be pushing for changes to our GitHub and a lesson later today. Thanks to the @CorelliumHQ team ❤️🙏 pic.twitter.com/uBDbDmvJUG – Chris Wade (@cmwdotme) January 20, 2021
Corellium has been working on a Linux port for Mac M1 since earlier this month, and progress was made on the project over the weekend.
For those unfamiliar with Corellium, it’s a software virtualization company that focuses on Arm, offering tools for security research, application testing, and more. Corellium is currently embroiled in a legal battle with Apple because Apple is unhappy with Corellium’s work on iOS emulation software.
Corellium recently won a lawsuit against Apple after a judge decided to dismiss copyright infringement lawsuits and agreed with Corellium that the company operates on fair use. The remaining claims in the case have yet to be dismissed.