Over the past weekend, exciting progress was made in persuading 3D graphics to work in Linux on Apple Silicon.
Alyssa Rosenzweig, who is leading development of the Panfrost and Asahi Linux graphics drivers, showed off her continuing work in a succession of tweets involving Glmark2, an OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics performance benchmark tool for GNU/Linux, successfully rendering the bunny in 3D detail.
Woo, got it!!!
if you don't dance when you fix your bugs, I don't know what you're doing programming~ pic.twitter.com/g6RLyytfuw
— Alyssa Rosenzweig (@alyssarzg) May 9, 2022
It’s impressive considering the lack of official support from Apple. It’s therefore up to Rosenzweig and the community to reverse-engineer the hardware with the goal of creating drivers…
An early Alpha of Asahi Linux arrived in March and we were able to bring up a desktop on an M1 Mac with surprising ease.
MacDailyNews Take: In April, testing showed that Asahi Linux on an Apple M1 Mac mini is “unbelievably fast.”
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