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    Mac utility Homebrew finally gets native Apple Silicon and M1 support / ArsTechnica · Friday, 5 February, 2021 - 21:47

Users can install Homebrew via the Terminal in macOS.

Enlarge / Users can install Homebrew via the Terminal in macOS. (credit: Samuel Axon)

Popular Mac tool Homebrew has long been used by developers and others for package management on macOS, but as we lamented in our first M1 Mac review, it didn't support Apple Silicon when Apple's new Macs first launched late last year. Now, with the release of Homebrew 3.0.0, that's no longer the case: Homebrew now supports Apple Silicon natively, albeit not with every package.

The volunteer Homebrew team made the announcement on the Homebrew blog alongside today's release. While the native support is not yet comprehensive, it bridges the gap significantly, and users can still run Terminal via Rosetta 2 to do what they can't yet while running natively on Apple Silicon. The Homebrew blog post says "we welcome your help" in providing bottles for all packages moving forward.

Here's the full bullet point on Apple Silicon in the Homebrew 3.0.0 release notes:

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    Looking for a tiny but powerful PC? Check out the Minisforum U820/U850 / ArsTechnica · Friday, 5 February, 2021 - 19:32

Hong Kong-based miniature PC specialist Minisforum announced two new models of its signature NUC-like minis available for pre-order this week; the U820 and U850. These sibling models share the same basic form factor and specifications—they're palm sized boxes crammed with input, output, and storage ports as shown below. The U850 offers an Intel i5-10210U CPU, and its less expensive U820 sibling sports an i5-8259U.

These systems measure 5 by 5 inches, at 2.5 inches tall, and come with VESA mount hardware which can be used to mount them directly to the back of most monitors. They support up to three simultaneous displays (HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB-C), and can make great homebrew routers thanks to their dual Ethernet interfaces.

We should note that these systems are available for pre- order now, with shipping expected in April—but this is not Minisforum's first rodeo; it has been shipping miniature PCs like these for several years through direct sales and Amazon.

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