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Qualcomm Commits to Official Linux Support for Snapdragon X-Elite

Unlike Apple’s ARM processors, the Snapdragon X-Elite is set to officially support Linux.

Qualcomm is working to fully integrate its new Snapdragon X-Elite laptop processor with Linux. The company has provided the necessary infrastructure to run the Linux operating system on its new processor; however, the semiconductor giant has a long way to go to make Linux run smoothly on its processor.

For better Linux compatibility, the kernels of this operating system must support all the features of the new Snapdragon chip. Qualcomm is also working to add Linux support to its older laptop processors.

Qualcomm’s policy is in stark contrast to Apple’s; Apple has not yet offered official Linux support for its processors. Currently, M1 and M2 processors support Asahi Linux, and M3 and M4 chips will be added to this list in the near future. It seems that Linux support has been made possible by developers and users, and Apple has played no role in this.

Qualcomm’s processor takes advantage of key Linux 6.9 features such as UEFI boot support, standard Grub and system-d bootloaders. Users can run Windows and Linux simultaneously on their device using dual boot.

Compatibility with many Linux features such as ADSP/CDSP support and DWC3 audio driver has already been achieved. Qualcomm is working to improve support for the device’s internal display, battery, and camera in the future.

Qualcomm is working to resolve issues with UEFI boot. According to Qualcomm’s 6-month roadmap, the company will soon implement improvements in CPU and GPU performance, video decoding in Chrome and Firefox, and easier installation of Ubuntu and Debian.

Currently, users can use a raw Linux Debian image on Snapdragon X-Elite devices. Technically, Linux can be run, but users may encounter bugs because Qualcomm’s optimizations have not yet been fully implemented. At present, Windows on ARM is performing better than Linux.

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