MacBook Air with M1 chip

I have a brand new MacBook Air with an M1 chip. Can I install Linux on this machine? I have previously installed Linux on Windows machines, but is there anything different I need to know about doing it on a Mac? What distros would you recommend? I am not a Mac person, so I don’t need it to look or feel like a Mac; I ask more for compatibility with the hardware, etc. Thanks to all of you in this forum!

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Great question! I am in the same situation. Please let me know if you learn anything.

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Hey @Margo & @Suzanne!
There is dedicated Linux distro being formed, yet not fully complete that will work on an M1 chip.
You can find it here:

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Hi @vasileios, what do you mean “not fully formed”? I am capable of installing Mint on an old PC that was near the end of it’s life without Linux. How different would this install be? I am afraid of ruining an almost brand new MacBook.

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There’s still hardware that doesn’t work as intended, thus I wouldn’t recommend moving your brand new M1 to Linux just yet. At least not until everything has been resolved.

You can find the exact list here:

Alternatively, you can experience the performance via a Virtual Machine, which is absolutely incredible (I tested Ubuntu and Debian on my M1 Pro) via Parallels. The downside is that Parallels is subscription-based, but it allows you to run nearly every OS on it (that supports ARM processors).

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