Finally, the Asahi team has announced the first Apple GPU driver for M1 and M2 Macs. This is the biggest update to Asahi Linux ever since the initial release.
The all NEW GPU driver can be used to render the graphics, animations, or transitions and brings support for Work in Progress OpenGL 2.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0. These features are fair enough for hardware acceleration with desktop environments, like GNOM and KDE. It’s also more than enough for playing older 3D games like never before. The driver is fast enough to run old games at 60 frames per second at 4K.
Asahi Linux now has released its first Apple GPU driver with hardware acceleration. This Linux distribution can quite literally change the game by using other operating systems on a Mac. Instead of just Mac OS, the team at Asahi Linux has been doing a phenomenal job. Before, users were able to perform simple tasks like using a web browser, making documents, and interacting with the desktop a bit but now that’s all changed. As it’s a great alternative for people who want to use the powerful hardware that comes from a MacBook with an MLM processor.
GPU drivers are available for M1 M2 and other Apple Silicon devices. But don’t be excited just yet these drivers are still considered to be in an Alpha state. They haven’t even passed the open GL complaints test. These drivers don’t support the newer version of open GL. So there might be bugs and a lot of staff that don’t work. But still, there is a lot that these drivers can do, for instance users can run the nether ball and Quack 3, a 4K 60fps. That is pretty near but it works well for most general tasks too. Users can now get GPU acceleration on most desktop environments.