Multipass is a lightweight VM manager for Linux, Windows and macOS, which helps developers spin up a fresh Linux environment with a single command.
According to Canonical, with the support for M1 MacBooks, Multipass will help get developers running Linux faster than any other option on the market.
“Canonical wants to get developers running on Linux faster than any other option on the market, and the Multipass team has helped accomplish that,” said Canonical product manager Nathan Hart.
One highlight of the new release is the Aliases feature, using which developers will be able to tie commands within a VM to commands on the host OS, in essence giving users a near-native experience for any Linux app.
Linux on the M1
Canonical notes that M1 users haven’t had many options for running Linux, with at best experimental support for the new architecture in popular VM platforms such as VirtualBox and VMware.
Furthermore, it contends that where support does exist, getting everything set up usually requires hands-on configuration, management, and maintenance.
“Multipass is Canonical’s answer: free VM software that removes all set-up and configuration overhead so developers can get straight to the projects that matter to them,” claims Canonical.
It adds that Multipass can not only spin up and destroy multiple VMs with ease, it also enables developers to choose from a growing library of images and special purpose machines such as the Anbox Cloud appliance, which allows developers to run Android apps in Multipass.
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