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HCL:Apple M1

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The Apple M1 is an aarch64 SoC found in MacBook Air (M1, 2020), MacBook Pro 13″ (M1, 2020) and in the Mac mini (M1, 2020).

Technical Data

  • Cores: 8 (4 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores)
  • RAM: 8-16GB
  • GPU: Up to 8 cores
  • Neural Engine: 16 cores
  • SSD: 256GB - 2TB

Images

Upstream patches for an initial support have been merged in kernel 5.13: https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/soc/soc.git/commit/?h=for-next&id=0d5fe4b31785b732b71e764b55cda5c8d6e3bbbf
So, Tumbleweed is ready!

QEMU

Support of M1 in qemu is still a WIP, so we need to wait for M1 support to land upstream. So, you cannot boot openSUSE on a virtual qemu machine on the M1, yet.

It should be in qemu from version 6.1.0 (ETA: end of August 2021): https://github.com/qemu/qemu/commit/453d9c61dd5681159051c6e4d07e7b2633de2e70

Parallels

Support of M1 is official for Parallels Desktop 16, however at this time OpenSUSE is not officially supported as a guest operating system. Still, it is possible to install openSUSE using the aarch64 iso. After installation, you may face the problem that the virtual machine will not boot. Simply disable sound, mic, and camera in the VM settings. Then you should be able to boot.

More: https://forum.parallels.com/threads/installing-other-linux-distros.353606/#post-887226

Known issues

None.

See also