Software Development

  • Status Deferred
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  • Task Type Implementation Request
  • Category General
  • Assigned To
    Márcio Silva
    André Silva
  • Operating System Hyperbola GNU/Linux-libre
  • Severity Critical
  • Priority Defer
  • Reported Version Any
  • Due in Version Canis Major v1.0
  • Due Date Undecided
  • Votes 1
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Attached to Project: Software Development
Opened by André Silva - 10/01/2019
Last edited by André Silva - 20/06/2019

FS#1338 - RISC-V (riscv64) porting + multilib support

The unfortunate reality is that x86 computers come encumbered with built-in low-level backdoors like the Intel Management Engine , as well as nonfree boot firmware. This means that users can’t gain full control over their computers, even if they install a free operating system such as Hyperbola GNU/Linux-libre .

Hyperbola is working hard to fix these issues and getting closer every day, but for the time being, this is why many current Respects Your Freedom (RYF) offerings are refurbished older devices.

For the future of free computing, we need support architectures that do not come with such malware pre-installed, and RISC-V promises to be a great architecture example for low-power computers, laptops and embedded systems, also as ARM architecture replacement.

Devices like this are the future of computing that Respects Your Freedom and for that reason it’s a high priority for Hyperbola port all packages for the RISC-V architecture (riscv64) with multilib support.

NOTE: RISC-V porting is focused only for Hyperbola GNU/Linux-libre .

winter commented on 08.08.2019 20:54

Just a heads up, if OpenBSD ever supports this architecture, which may happen in a few years, please by all means, have HyperbolaBSD support this too. :)

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