The Apple MacBook Pro (2023) comes with macOS Ventura preinstalled. Let’s see if it’s possible it’s running Linux instead.
The MacBook Pro (2023) is one of the best Macs available today. It packs the M2 Pro or M2 Max chip, has a wide variety of ports, and runs macOS Ventura. However, what if you prefer to depend on a different operating system, such as Linux? Would that be possible? The answer is not native. You can run Linux on the MacBook Pro (2023), but you’ll have to rely on virtualization. While this is a valid workaround, you can’t expect it to work as well as a machine with Linux installed natively.
Since its transition from Intel chips to its own silicon, Apple has stopped including the Boot Camp application on its computers. For those unfamiliar, this built-in application would allow users to dual boot other operating systems, such as Windows, and run them natively on the Mac. As a result, M-powered Mac users must now rely on virtual machines to use operating systems other than macOS.
To run Linux on the MacBook Pro (2023) via a virtual machine, you can rely on VMware or Parallels 18. The former offers a free version, if you are not ready to spend on this project. Meanwhile, the latter offers more benefits, but it costs $100 to use.
Benefits of Parallels include a simpler flow to download and install Linux in the virtual machine. This is in addition to Coherence mode, which lets you drag Linux application windows outside the main Parallels window. This makes Linux apps appear as if they were running natively on macOS. If you’re considering this purchase, Parallels offers a 14-day free trial, allowing you to try out the product before committing to the $100 purchase.
Apple MacBook Pro (2023)
14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro (2023) models adopt the same exterior chassis first introduced in 2021. They offer boosted M2 Pro and M2 Max chips, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3 support, HDMI compatibility 2.1, a notched screen, and more.