Dreaming of container focused macOS on ARM workstation

This post is about me dreaming of setting up a container focused development workstation on macOS ARM.

Ideally, this setup will allow for me NOT(!) having to retrain my "muscle memory" for desktop shortcuts (switching "workspaces", launching and moving around apps, …)

Think: like Project Bluefin on (ARM) Linux.

Building Blocks:


Running distrobox in lima: [Distrobox] MacOS host support #36

limactl start
lima sudo apt install distrobox
lima distrobox create
lima distrobox enter ...

Using VSCode SSH Remote with Lima-VM #1890

There is now a ssh.config generated for each instance, so can use that file instead of show-ssh.

echo "Include ${LIMA_HOME:-$HOME/.lima}/default/ssh.config" >> ~/.ssh/config

Then you should be able to connect to "lima-default" (or any other instance), without parameters.

ssh lima-default


Semi-structured list of useful resources for further reading.

Also some apps that I use, and recommend (I guess 🤔).