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Asahi Linux for Apple Silicon has come a long way in just a few months

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51512 101980 asahi linux for mac

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Asahi, the project to bring Linux to the Apple Silicon Mac, has released a new progress report detailing USB expansion and peripheral support.

A project to port Linux to Apple Silicon Macs, the latest update for Asahi Linux contains new hardware support, new features, and fixes for “long standing pain points”. It also features a new bleeding edge kernel branch with support for commenting and rendering controller.

The team is reminding users to keep their Linux installations up to date. Early in the macOS Ventura beta, they found a problem that would make Linux unbootable after an upgrade.

A package update fixed the bug earlier in 2022. However, they still see users who recently upgraded to macOS Ventura, or even the latest macOS 12. x, and end up with unbootable Linux installations.

Changes in Asahi

The blog post is long, with many new updates. Most of the updates concern peripherals, USB-C, and headphones.

Until now, Asahi Linux only supported USB 2.0 on Thunderbolt ports. The team now believes that USB 3 support should be reasonably strong, but users should expect some glitches, particularly while connecting devices quickly. According to a post titled “USB3, Chapter 2×7 Gen3.1415”. This may include support for USB 3.1.

However, users should be able to fix the glitches by unplugging and reconnecting the device.

In the meantime, work continues on support for Mac speakers. The team needs to implement a safety model, so that users don’t blow up their speakers, like they did during testing. Speakers still not working, but progress is being made.

But thanks to reverse engineering of the headphone codec used in newer Macs, Asahi now has headphone jack support.

Keyboard backlight support is also included in the new update. However, the team is still working on screen brightness support.

It’s a great update for Asahi Linux, and users should be able to install and get practical use of it soon. Advanced Mac users can find installation instructions on Asahi Linux.