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Canonical Makes It Easier to Run Ubuntu VMs on Apple M1 Macs with Multipass

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The company behind Ubuntu have updated Multipass to verison 1.8, a release that introduces support for setting up and running Ubuntu virtual machines on Apple M1 MacBook devices with minimal effort.

In fact, Multipass promises to offer Apple M1 MacBook developers interesting in developing apps for the Linux/Ubuntu desktop the fastest way to run Linux cross-platform, running a Ubuntu VM in as little as 20 seconds.

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Canonical Transforms Linux on Mac

  • Canonical Transforms Linux on Mac

    On the heels of Apple’s announcement of a new line of game-changing M1 MacBooks, Canonical is bringing fast and easy Linux to the M1 platform. Multipass, the quickest way to run Linux cross-platform, received an update last week allowing M1 users to run Ubuntu VMs with minimal set-up. Multipass can download and launch a virtual machine image with one command, and developers on M1 can now get running on Linux in as little as 20 seconds.

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Going Ubuntu on an M1 Mac

  • Going Ubuntu on an M1 Mac with Multipass: Thanks VM, it's Linux on the desktop

    An Apple Silicon version of Canonical's Multipass has arrived, adding another way of firing up Linux on an M1-powered Mac.

    Although getting a full desktop on an M1 Mac is tricky at present (although not too far off) firing up a virtual machine on the platform allows developers to code against the operating system from the comfort of their new gizmos.

    We first looked at Multipass in 2019, and found it a handy tool in Windows 10 for when a full-fat Hyper-V session was overkill and Windows System for Linux failed to cut the mustard. While the evolution of WSL into a lightweight VM-based Linux platform might have somewhat cut the need for Multipass on Windows, the arrival of the M1 chip has opened up another front. Hence Multipass on the M1 Mac.

Ubuntu’s publisher brings Linux support to M1 Macs

  • Ubuntu’s publisher brings Linux support to M1 Macs with ‘Multipass’

    Canonical, Ubuntu’s publisher, announced today “the quickest way” to run Linux cross-platforms on M1 Macs. With Multipass, users can launch a virtual machine image with one command and have Linux running on an M1 Mac in as little as 20 seconds.

    Although Canonical claims to be the first platform to transform the M1 Mac on a Linux computer, the folks over at Linux Kernel have been improving its platform monthly to offer the best experience possible on the Mac. Last month, the creators of the project said Linux is now “usable as a basic desktop.”


  • Developers can now launch Linux instances on Apple M1 | TechRadar

    Canonical, the power behind the development of Ubuntu, has launched the latest version of Multipass that will now let M1 Macbook users run Ubuntu virtual machines (VMs), with minimal fuss.

    Multipass is a lightweight VM manager for Linux, Windows and macOS, which helps developers spin up a fresh Linux environment with a single command.

    According to Canonical, with the support for M1 MacBooks, Multipass will help get developers running Linux faster than any other option on the market.

Canonical Makes it Easy to Run a Linux VM on Apple M1

  • Canonical Makes it Easy to Run a Linux VM on Apple M1

    Ever since Apple introduced its M1 chips, numerous efforts have been made to run Linux on it.


    It is convenient for most developers to spin up a Linux VM instance and continue working on their system without interruptions.

    Unfortunately, getting a Linux instance up and running on M1 devices is not a straightforward task.

    While you have tools like VMware and VirtualBox to create virtual machines, it does not work on ARM-based Apple M1 silicon.

    As of now, VMware is slowly adding support for its products to work on Apple M1. However, that is still in closed beta and not feasible for users.

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Free Ubuntu Support Comes To M1 Macs With Multipass Update

  • Free Ubuntu Support Comes To M1 Macs With Multipass Update

    Ubuntu developer Canonical has announced the rollout of an update to its cross-platform VM manager Multipass, adding a free and fast way of running Linux on an M1-powered Mac. The news comes a month after Linux became available to run on Apple silicon 'as a basic desktop,' and merely days after reports suggested that Linux kernel 5.16 will include mainline support for the Apple M1 chip's PCIe controller. Parallels Desktop 17 also offers Ubuntu support on M1 Macs, but the price starts at $79.99. Multipass is free.

    Apart from the aforementioned software, M1 users do not currently have many options to run Linux on their machines. While VirtualBox does not support the M1's underlying ARM architecture, VMWare Fusion's Linux support for Apple silicon is still in the preview stage. That makes Multipass a great option for developers interested in running Linux on their M1-powered MacBooks.

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