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BeagleV

January 14, 2021

BeagleV board looks promising. I like my Raspberry Pi 4 computers, but they have at least two severe problems:

  • They require closed-source binaries to boot!
  • They’re ARM-based.

RISC-V is a more open instruction set architecture. Is it that important? Yes, very. ARM licenses are pretty expensive, and it was used as a tool for political pressure. Business have no reason to trust or to pay ARM, RISC-V looks like a cheaper and safer bet.

Closed binaries is an ugly compromise which Raspberry Pi folks had to accept. I don’t think they’re happy about it but I guess there are no other options. Well, it seems like the situation is changing.