If we want to have computing freedom, we're going to need computers that are safe and don't lock us out. Having actually well designed architectures (x86 sure ain't it) would be nice too. RISC-V is a beam of hope: https://riscv.org/
- India is making progress on fabb'ing their own RISC-V chips https://fossbytes.com/linux-on-shakti-india-risc-v-processor-iitm/
- FOSDEM video on RISC-V https://fosdem.org/2018/schedule/event/riscv/
Got other interesting RISC-V links?
- No consumer wants Intel ME (or AMD's equiv) low-level spyware, but except that Intel won't remove it because IIUC it's key to Intel's team-up with Hollywood's DRM stuff.
- Hardware bugs end up being system-wide bugs. See Meltdown, Spectre, but there are others too. Users have no control over fixing that stuff. There's no community opportunity to even *audit* it.
- We're moving into an era increasingly where it's very hard to install FOSS software on devices.
The hi-five looks like a cool and powerful RISC-V dev board, but it's not on sale anymore afaict https://www.crowdsupply.com/sifive/hifive-unleashed
@cwebber I really hope we'll see another run of the unleashed, 900$ is kind of expensive for basically an rpi but at FOSDEM they said it would be 100 if they could commit to a run of 100k or something like that...
Would feed my addiction for home-servers on weird architectures :)
@cjd Yeah... also, I think Trump's trade war stuff is a total nightmare, but... I guess for this there may be an interesting side effect in that India and China are looking to free themselves from US companies, and look to be investing in RISC-V https://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=36&doc_id=1333476
Looks like Western Digital will be switching over to RISC-V too for all their computers that run your hard drive (yes, your hard drive does have its own computer)
@cwebber The CPU is dead. It's death has been forseeable as long as I've been in software, which is thirty-five years now. We've reached the physical limits of throughput on a single core.
The future has to be massively parallel; and any architecture which isn't designed for massive parallelism is industrial archaeology, not the future.