I had to look it up:
hairshirting The shallow regimen of feigned, token suffering and “paying your dues” that is disgracefully required of already perfectly-talented newcomers by petty, candle-snuffing incumbents who control some particular bottleneck industry.
In my experience, Roon Core runs best on Intel PC hardware, just about anything newer than 2014 will run ROCK or Windows with RoonServer. ROCK is by far the most stable option.
MacMini with M1 is wasted running RoonCore in my opinion but those who’ve run it on the M1 chip say it works just fine and it should as it will be run by Rosetta 2 the emulation engine. Roon is not native on any platform, rather is uses a framework that is common to all platforms it runs on. The advantage is only one development effort but none are stellar on their respective platforms. They are all highly refined ‘kludges’ and many of the issues are because of this…but they are so far down this black hole of a choice there is likely no going back.
RoonCore works fine with BridgeII over the network, well as well as the BridgeII works anyway or USB direct works to but then you have the potential for USB noise gremlins.
Save the very nice gift for another use and use an old Mini or old PC to run ROCK and don’t look back.