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How to Install Asahi Linux on Apple Silicon Mac

Looking for a change from macOS and its restrictions? Why not give Asahi Linux a shot and witness how seamlessly it performs on your Apple silicon Mac?

Asahi Linux is an exciting endeavor that aims to bring the power of the Linux kernel and its accompanying software to Macs powered by Apple silicon. Although it is still a work in progress, the project has achieved remarkable milestones in a surprisingly brief period.

Asahi Linux can now be used as a daily desktop operating system. It supports essential features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, and audio.

Asahi Linux is now suitable for everyday use as a desktop operating system. It includes important features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, and audio.

Asahi Linux Does Not Currently Support These Features

Asahi Linux is currently being developed and there are still some important features that are not yet accessible. Therefore, it might be better to wait for future releases before installing it, especially if you require the following features:

  • Thunderbolt
  • DisplayPort Alt Mode
  • Webcam
  • Touch Bar
  • Internal Speakers
  • HDMI on MacBooks
  • Touch ID

You can find a more detailed list of devices on Asahi Linux’s GitHub page.

Installing Asahi Linux on Mac

To install Asahi Linux on your Mac, make sure your Mac is running macOS 12.3 or a newer version and has a minimum of 53 GB of available disk space. Follow the instructions below to begin the installation process.

Warning:

It is important to back up all important files on your Mac before installing Asahi Linux. Be cautious as any mistakes during the installation process could lead to permanent data loss.

Firstly Download Asahi Linux

To begin the installation process, follow these steps to download the installer.

1. Open Terminal on your Mac and type in the following command:

curl https://alx.sh | sh

2. When prompted, provide your administrator password to the installer. This will initiate the download and automatic execution of the Asahi Linux installation script.

Changing the size of disk partitions for Asahi Linux

The installer will display all the partitions on your Mac and give you the option to create new ones for Asahi Linux.

1. To create new partitions for Asahi Linux, the installer will prompt you to press R and then press Return (or Enter) on your keyboard.

2. You can adjust the size of your macOS partition when asked. You can choose to specify the size in percentage or storage capacity. For example, you can enter 200GB to decrease the size of your macOS to 200 gigabytes or 60% to allocate 60 percent of your disk space to macOS.

3. After this step, the installer will show you the space that will be freed up for Asahi Linux. Press Y and then Enter to resize your partition. Your Mac may temporarily freeze for a few seconds.

4. Press the Enter key once the resizing is finished.

Now Installing Asahi Linux

After creating a new partition for Asahi Linux, you can proceed with the installation to enable dual booting between macOS and Linux. Simply follow these instructions:

1. When you encounter the Choose what to do prompt once more, just press F and then press Return to continue installing Asahi Linux in the available free space.

2. When you see the prompt asking you to choose an operating system to install, pick the option that matches your preferences. In most situations, it’s recommended to select option 1 to install Asahi Linux and all the pre-installed applications.

3. When requested, decide how much space to allocate for the new operating system. You can choose a specific size or percentage. Alternatively, you can enter “min” for the minimum allocation or “max” for the maximum allocation.

4. Afterwards, enter the name of your operating system, then press Enter. The script will then proceed to automatically install and set up everything. If necessary, you may be asked to provide your macOS user password for administrative access.

5. After finishing the setup, you will be prompted to press Return and read important instructions for a successful Asahi Linux boot. Once you have read the instructions carefully, press Return again to turn off your Mac.

Starting Up Your Mac’s Startup Options

After your Mac turns off, you will have to access startup options and select the correct partition to start up. Therefore, please follow these guidelines:

1. Press and keep holding the power button until the “Entering Startup Options” message appears beneath the Apple logo.

2. You can see all the partitions available for booting. Choose the Asahi Linux option and click on Continue.

3. Your Mac will ask you to type in your password. After you confirm, a Terminal window will appear.

4. Press the Return key in the Terminal window to continue with the installation process.

5. Once the installer asks you to, please re-enter your username and password.

6. To confirm the changes, press Y. To start Asahi Linux, press Return.

Completing the installation of Asahi Linux on your Mac

Follow these steps to complete the setup and configure all the important settings on your Mac, which will now boot into Asahi Linux:

1. After successfully starting Asahi Linux, you will come across a setup page where you can personalize options like language, region, time zone, and keyboard layout.

2. Select a username and password for Asahi Linux and proceed by clicking on the Next button.

3. Finally, tap on Setup located at the bottom-right corner to complete the installation process and access the login screen.

Installing GPU Drivers for Asahi Linux On Your Mac

The Asahi Linux project developers have also made a GPU driver by reverse engineering Apple’s drivers. This allows for complete hardware acceleration and significantly improves performance and battery life. To install the GPU drivers, just follow these steps:

1. Start the Terminal on your Linux installation.

2. Enter the given commands to install the most recent GPU drivers and switch your display server to Wayland.

 sudo pacman -Syu 
 sudo pacman -S linux-asahi-edge mesa-asahi-edge 
 sudo update-grub
 sudo pacman -S plasma-wayland-session

3. Restart your Linux setup.

Begin Using Linux On Your Mac

Asahi Linux’s development community is constantly progressing, pushing the limits of what can be achieved on Apple silicon Macs. With the project’s continuous growth, we can anticipate additional features and enhancements in the future, making it an enticing option for Mac users seeking to broaden their computing possibilities.

If you’re excited to try out Linux on your Apple silicon Mac and discover its possibilities, Asahi Linux offers a great chance to do so. By following the steps mentioned earlier, you can start your Linux adventure and see what it has in store for you.

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