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.