Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: The New Apple M1 Chip

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Beans
    1,180
    Distro
    Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa

    The New Apple M1 Chip

    Hello Everyone

    First and foremost, I am an Ubuntu user since 2006, and remain so. A couple of years ago, I took up the hobby of drone photography. I have a few drones in the Mavic series, and really do enjoy the hobby. As I continued to upgrade, the cameras got better and I am now also learning some of the more sophisticated video editing software. I had been using Shotcut with Ubuntu and it has been great. But now that I have a drone which shoots in 4K, I want a more complete video editor. I discovered DaVinci Resolve several months ago and tried to use it on my aging Ubuntu laptop, but it just wouldn't handle it. I needed a minimum i7 processor, 32GB memory and a video card with at least 6GB of VRAM. When I priced up what a rig like that would cost, I just could not afford it.

    Then, on another forum someone suggested the new Apple Mini with an M1 chip (just introduced about a year ago.) This little computer could be purchased for less than the cost of a single high end video card. I was suspicious of all the claims about it capability, but after weeks of research, I took the plunge and bought one. It only has 8GB of RAM, but I have to tell you that all of the claims about the speed and power of this little computer are true. Not only does it run DaVinci Resolve fast and smoothly, but the hardware test results (Blackmagic Speed Test) reveal I can edit, colour grade and add special effects up 8K resolution. I am stunned by the speed and power.

    I started imagining Ubuntu running on this machine, but I don't think it has been tried yet. The M1 chip is an ARM64, similar to the chips in iphones. It has 8 processing cores and 8 GPU cores, and 16 neural cores for machine learning (whatever that means, I have no idea.) I know that Ubuntu (and many other Linuxes) have been ported to ARM processors in the past, and I believe it is only a matter of time before the traditional x86 Intel and AMD processors become obsolete. When you can get this much power for lower cost, lower power needs and smaller chips, I believe this is the future.

    I am certainly not an expert but I would encourage anyone needing a powerful computer for lower cost to check it out.

    Bob
    Bob
    _____________________________________________
    I used to be very indecisive, but now I am not so sure.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Albuquerque New Mexico, U
    Beans
    1,158
    Distro
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: The New Apple M1 Chip

    I love my M1 Macbook Air, but right now it won't run Linux, mostly due to Apple policies toward sharing their IP. They just don't want you to be able to run anything but Apple operating systems and software.

    There are a couple of ARM developers working to reverse-engineer support for the M1 processor into the Linux kernel, but as far as I know they haven't even started on getting the GPU to work, so even if the kernel will eventually boot and run on the M1, it will be of limited value for most people.

    But yeah, it's one hell of a little machine.
    regards

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Sunny Southend-on-Sea
    Beans
    8,315
    Distro
    Kubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa

    Re: The New Apple M1 Chip

    Quote Originally Posted by bobnutfield View Post
    I started imagining Ubuntu running on this machine, but I don't think it has been tried yet.
    Work is underway, but there's still a long way to go yet.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    SW Forida
    Beans
    Hidden!
    Distro
    Ubuntu

    Re: The New Apple M1 Chip

    There is also this experimental version:
    Linux on M1
    https://corellium.com/blog/linux-m1
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Beans
    1,180
    Distro
    Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa

    Re: The New Apple M1 Chip

    Well, just like the hackentosh, it will eventually happen. I've been an Ubuntu user for years and haven't used the macOS much at all. But, I'm amazed at how similar they look and act. They even, for the most part, share the same icon sets. I tried a few Linux commands in the mac terminal, and some of them actually work. I realize they are both based on different branches of Unix, but it's just a matter of time. I am curious how Intel and AMD are going to respond to the M1.

    Bob
    Bob
    _____________________________________________
    I used to be very indecisive, but now I am not so sure.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
    Beans
    2,969
    Distro
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: The New Apple M1 Chip

    I thought AMD had done some work in the non X86 world but don't have any specifics. Intel moving away from X86 which has made them $billions may be like Kodak moving away from film. The IT world really runs on X86 except for the phone/tablet segment. That may change with the ARM server chips.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Beans
    1,180
    Distro
    Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa

    Re: The New Apple M1 Chip

    Well, I am just blown away by how powerful this little computer is. But, the Mac Mini needs a monitor, and ironically I have mine connected to a 65 inch Sasmung Smart TV, which of course is run by Linux. This particularly is useful because the only thing I use the Mac Mini for is running DeVinci Resolve and big screen real estate eliminates the need for a second monitor. EVERYTHING else is done on my Ubuntu laptops. And unfortunately, DJI has not ported anything to Linux, so my Drone firmware updates have to be done on a Windows laptop.

    It won't happen any time soon, but my guess is that the next big breakthrough is going to come from AMD. I know they are feverishly working on a ARM type chip. Intel has dropped the ball in innovation and, since the Ryzen introduction, it may take years for them to catch up, if they ever do.
    Bob
    _____________________________________________
    I used to be very indecisive, but now I am not so sure.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    London, England
    Beans
    Hidden!
    Distro
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: The New Apple M1 Chip

    If the past is any guide to the future it will not be long before some programmers decide to take full advantage of the capabilities of this chip design and slow the thing down to a snail's pace. The commercial enterprise that is marketing this chip has a policy of deliberately making its hardware obsolete to force consumers to continue spending.

    OK. So I am a misery-guts. It does not matter how fast the hardware is humans are limited in how fast they can work a machine. I am looking forward to the day when a super powerful machine takes control of that commercial enterprise by deeming its human management as too slow to keep up.

    Regards
    It is a machine. It is more stupid than we are. It will not stop us from doing stupid things.
    Ubuntu user #33,200. Linux user #530,530


  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    SW Forida
    Beans
    Hidden!
    Distro
    Ubuntu

    Re: The New Apple M1 Chip

    There is a lot of RISC-V info. That may be a new processor that gets used if price comes down.

    https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/...e-isa-standard
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Albuquerque New Mexico, U
    Beans
    1,158
    Distro
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: The New Apple M1 Chip

    Quote Originally Posted by grahammechanical View Post
    I am looking forward to the day when a super powerful machine takes control of that commercial enterprise by deeming its human management as too slow to keep up.

    Regards
    Maybe Elon Musk will buy it. That could be really interesting.
    regards

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •