What you need to know
- Canonical, the publisher behind Ubuntu, has brought the Linux distro to M1 Macs via Multipass.
- People can now run a new Ubuntu virtual machine on Apple silicon with launch times of just 20 seconds.
Canonical, the publisher behind the popular Linux distro Ubuntu, has announced that its new Multipass 1.8 gives people a way to run it on their M1 Mac with ease. In fact, they can get up and running in as little as 20 seconds, the outfit claims.
This all revolves around Multipass, Canonical's free VM software that makes it easier than ever to set up and configure systems that allow developers and other professionals to get up and running without the fuss normally associated with such apps. Multipass is now the best Mac app for running Linux virtual machines, especially on M1 and future chips.
Multipass 1.8 also adds Aliases, a way for users to attach commands inside VMs to commands on the host operating system.
Fancy taking Multipass for a spin? You can download it right now direct from the Canonical website.
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