For Linux users, macOS 13 is a super useful technique

For Linux users, macOS 13 is a super useful technique

With the upcoming macOS 13 Ventura, Apple has made a fascinating improvement in terms of enhanced Linux support, allowing people running a Linux distro in a virtual machine (VM) on a Mac with Apple silicon to execute x86 software in that VM.

For Linux users, macOS 13 is a super useful technique

With macOS 13, Apple is extending Rosetta’s x86-64-to-Arm translation capabilities to Linux VMs, allowing those running Linux in this manner to access software designed for Intel x86 CPUs with ease.

This is thanks to Rosetta 2, Apple’s translation technology that was first launched with the M1, allowing that processor to execute x86 software.

The work undertaken to get this neat new piece of functionality up and running likely wasn’t trivial, and it could be part of a larger strategic move by Apple to persuade Docker developers that their next PC should be an Apple SoC-powered Mac – as it means that those devs could work with x86-64 containers on such a machine. That might be a not inconsiderable audience for Apple to tap into with future Macs running Ventura.


Of course, this is just a cool feature to have anyway, and one of many in the bag of tricks being introduced by macOS 13. Ventura also promises to be ace (sorry, like we haven’t heard that one enough since the big reveal) with some important changes to the interface – like bringing in Stage Manager – and a bunch of smart accessibility improvements, plus let’s not forget the work on the gaming front, ushering in Resident Evil Village on the Mac later this year.

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