[Arm-netbook] sifive sells a riscv cpu mainboard

Jonathan Neuschäfer j.neuschaefer at gmx.net
Mon Feb 5 17:49:36 GMT 2018

On Mon, Feb 05, 2018 at 12:39:57PM -0500, ronwirring at Safe-mail.net wrote:
> Sifive has a mainboard for sale with a running riscv cpu. Many
> of the devices on the mainboard require non libre software.
> https://youtu.be/LAA1B5QNbO8?t=1507

What do you mean exactly?

- Do you mean that you'd need Microsemi's proprietary FPGA toolchain to
  re-generate the FPGA bitstream of the "southbridge" (which is not part
  of the mainboard, but arguably necessary in order to make good use of
  the board)?

- Or do you mean that some/many (important) hardware blocks are nonfree

- Or do you mean that nonfree firmware or drivers are required (which
  I've seen no indication of)?

Jonathan Neuschäfer

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