Canonical Is Bringing Ubuntu To M1 Macs With ‘Multipass’

There’s no doubt the Apple M1 Macs are the most groundbreaking devices we’ve witnessed in the last decade. One of the issues they don’t have is the capability for running Linux. The most recent Linux Kernel versions have been improved M1 support, however, Linux isn’t fully useful on M1.

As of this writing, the only method for installing Linux for M1 Macbooks is by using the Virtual Machine software like Parallels. Canonical is also following the same path and has launched a new product called Multipass, which claims to be the most efficient and fastest method for installing Linux to M1 Macs.

In the blog article, Canonical says, “Multipass is Canonical’s answer: free VM software that removes all set-up and configuration overhead so developers can get straight to the projects that matter to them.”

In addition to the details, Canonical Product Manager Nathan Hart stated, “Canonical wants to get developers running on Linux faster than any other option on the market, and the Multipass team has helped accomplish that.”

This is made possible due to Aliases that as per Canonical, “allow Multipass users to connect commands inside the VM to commands running on the host OS. 

Aliases provide users with an almost native experience with any Linux software. For instance, aliases can be a viable alternative for Docker Desktop for developers looking to run Docker on Windows or Mac.”

Multipass 1.8.0 is available for download across Linux, Windows, and macOS. For installation on an M1 Mac, head over to this site to then download and install Multipass on MacOS and start an instance by using a few commands.

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