Recently on the Real World Technologies forum Linus Torvalds was asked what he thinks of Apple’s new M1 laptops. Torvalds then vague replied, “I would love to have this [laptop] if ran on Linux.”
Then, not everyone understood what exactly Torvalds saw as the problem, and now, in an interview with ZDNet journalists, the Linux creator explained what he meant.
Torvalds now says that in theory he would like to use Linux on newer Macs:
The main problem of the M1 chip he calls the graphics processor and other devices around it, which, most likely, will not have support for Linux, unless Apple suddenly decides to support the operating community (which is unlikely to happen).
Torvalds also hopes that “there will be more cores” and admits that in a laptop he is primarily concerned not with 20 hours of battery life (which is barely achievable), but at least 8 large cores. At the same time, 16 GB of memory does not bother him:
Let me remind you that recently Linus Torvalds approved exclusion of the terms slave, blacklist and others from the Linux kernel code.