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Notable developer Hector Martin "marcan" starts Patreon to fund Apple silicon Linux port

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  1. [2]
    guts
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    Thanks to Marcan and his team we had Homebrew on the Wii, he was a machine on the Wii scene.

    Thanks to Marcan and his team we had Homebrew on the Wii, he was a machine on the Wii scene.

    4 votes
    1. tan
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      Not just the Wii! Also the PS3, PS4, and Switch. I'm quite optimistic about the Macbook efforts.

      Not just the Wii! Also the PS3, PS4, and Switch. I'm quite optimistic about the Macbook efforts.

      4 votes
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    nobody
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    I'm not an experienced reverse-engineer but... How could this be a one-man effort?

    I'm not an experienced reverse-engineer but... How could this be a one-man effort?

    2 votes
    1. undu
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      I think writing GPU drivers for the kernel from scratch is not a one-man effort. I'd like to be proven wrong, though.

      I think writing GPU drivers for the kernel from scratch is not a one-man effort. I'd like to be proven wrong, though.

      3 votes
  3. [2]
    hamstergeddon
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    Is there a similar effort anywhere to make drivers allowing Linux to run on devices with the T2 chip? Because as it stands any new mac sold in the last few years can't run Linux because of that...

    Is there a similar effort anywhere to make drivers allowing Linux to run on devices with the T2 chip? Because as it stands any new mac sold in the last few years can't run Linux because of that chip. Also, doesn't that hurdle need to be cleared before linux-on-apple-silicon can gain any traction?

    Just curious because I keep seeing mention of this guy's planned efforts, but nobody seems to acknowledge the T2 elephant in the room.

    2 votes
    1. tindall
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      Apple allows you to disable secure boot on the M1, which doesn't use the T2. Unfortunately they don't allow adding your own keys, which is very annoying, but if you can live without secure boot...

      Apple allows you to disable secure boot on the M1, which doesn't use the T2. Unfortunately they don't allow adding your own keys, which is very annoying, but if you can live without secure boot it'll work.

      5 votes