Developer Hector Martin (Hector Martin) launched a fundraiser on the Patreon crowdfunding platform to adapt Linux for Mac on Apple Silicon M1 with ARM architecture. He has already collected (and in less than a day) the first part of the required funds – $ 4000 per month. This amount will be enough to buy the necessary devices with an M1 chip for reverse engineering and research, as well as to pay for part of the working time that Martin will spend on this project.
On Patreon, project investors pay its initiator a certain amount every month or per unit of completed work, instead of transferring a one-time amount, as is done on Kickstarter.
Martin will begin full-scale work on the project in January 2021. Martin plans to primarily provide Linux support for Mac Mini with M1 chip. Further, his project provides for providing users with the opportunity to daily use Linux on other devices with M1 – MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
Martin explained that all his developments for this project will be open source, he plans to regularly upload them to GitHub. Moreover, the open source code will be dual-licensed under the GPL and MIT to ensure that its development can be reused in other operating systems where possible.
In addition, Martin reassured his employers about this project. He explained that its implementation is legal, and during development there will be no legal claims from Apple. So,
reverse engineering to ensure compatibility is permitted by law in many countries around the world. Moreover, Apple on its devices in normal mode allows downloading kernels that are not digitally signed without the need for jailbreak. Also, his project will not use code elements from macOS and Darwin.
Martin has experience in adapting Linux to Nintendo Switch / Wii, Microsoft Kinect and Sony Playstation 4. In describing his new project, Martin explained that it is quite possible to run Linux on Apple Silicon, although it will be difficult.
Linus Torvalds recently announced that he would like to purchase a new Mac with Apple’s Silicon M1 chip, but it won’t work with Linux. He explained that “Apple can run Linux in their cloud, but their laptops cannot.”
Torvalds also explained why he doesn’t see the possibility of porting Linux to an M1-based Mac: “The main problem with the M1 for me is the GPU and related devices, because it probably won’t have Linux support unless Apple makes a move in this direction”. That being said, Torvalds isn’t sure that Apple will open the chip up for third-party development.
Screen 6.55 inches, 108 MP, 4300 mAh, 67 W and MIUI 13. Xiaomi 12 Lite is presented, and it turned out to be expensive
The Xiaomi 12 Lite smartphone, which was rumored for almost half a year, went on sale in Azerbaijan. The cost of the device was $ 590 – not cheap for a model built on the SoC Snapdragon 778G. So much money is asked for a configuration with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of flash memory.
The Xiaomi 12 is larger than the Xiaomi 12 and features a 6.55-inch AMOLED screen with Full HD+ resolution and a 120Hz frame rate. Embedded front camera – with a sensor with a resolution of 32 megapixels, the main camera – with sensors with a resolution of 108, 8 and 2 megapixels.
The smartphone received a 4300 mAh battery with support for 67 W fast charging, as well as Android 12 with MIUI 13 interface. There are also stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support. The thickness of the device is 7.29 mm, weight is 173 grams.
WhatsApp will introduce a feature of video calls “for the shy”. You can replace yourself with an avatar
WhatsApp messenger will soon have a curious feature that will allow you to make video calls using an avatar.
That is, your interlocutor during a video call will not see you, but your avatar. This is similar to how Memoji/Bitmoji works.
How exactly the avatar will look like is not yet clear, but there is a screenshot showing a button to switch to such a mode. In addition, it will be possible to send your avatars to chats in the form of stickers. The avatars themselves can be created independently in a special editor.
The function has already been found in the software code, but it is not yet available even in beta mode. There is no release date for the feature either, although it is noted that it will initially appear on Android.
Elon, are you okay? The head of Tesla abruptly stopped posting anything on Twitter
Elon Musk celebrated the milestone of 100 million followers on the social network Twitter in an uncharacteristic way for him: he did not write anything about this at all.
Many have already noticed that the billionaire, who recently was about to acquire Twitter and regularly left a lot of interesting and not very messages on the social network, has not published anything on the social network for the ninth day in a row. His last post was related to the next increase in gasoline prices in the US, he was made on June 21.
In the five weeks leading up to June 16, Elon Musk averaged 145 tweets and retweets per week, or about 21 per day. On June 16, an open letter signed by SpaceX employees was released, describing Musk’s tweets as “a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment.”
Some of those who signed the letter were immediately fired, but Musk’s tweets plummeted, and after June 21, he stopped posting anything on the social network.
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