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RISC-V desktop Anonymous 09/26/2018 (Wed) 17:35:42 [Preview] No. 12897
Western Digital published a guide to transform the RISC-V HiFive Unleashed board into a desktop:
https://github.com/westerndigitalcorporation/RISC-V-Linux

SiFive completely open sourced their bootloader:
https://www.sifive.com/blog/2018/09/06/an-open-source-release-of-the-freedom-u540-c000s-bootloader/

This means Coreboot can now have more development on SiFi platforms:
https://twitter.com/phoronix/status/1040566412794884097
The usage of Linux kernel as a payload (instead of bloated UEFI stuff) is going good too with the project LinuxBoot:
https://www.linuxboot.org/
Check this (very good) talk:
https://media.ccc.de/v/34c3-9056-bringing_linux_back_to_server_boot_roms_with_nerf_and_heads

There's still some blobs, though. The GPU is not open hardware, although some project have open ISA (maybe in the next years):
https://github.com/VerticalResearchGroup/miaow
https://github.com/asicguy/gplgpu

There's also the concern about closed USB. The project WooKey is trying to solve this:
https://wookey-project.github.io/

Some years from now and we could actually have a RISC-V laptop. The Embedded Controller is still a issue (maybe solved with OpenEC), as well as the keyboard/mouse/display controllers:
http://chromium.googlesource.com/chromiumos/platform/ec/



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