Chromium Based Browser for ARM based SBC boards

If you’re like me, you are using one of a variety of ARM processor based SBC computers, meaning one of the Raspberries or Odroids or one of a variety of other makes.  It’s sometimes problematic to find a browser that is capable yet speedy, and that works on the ARM boards, but I find a Chromium derivative browser called Vivaldi is a pretty good match for high-end Raspberries and almost any Odroid SBC.  The Vivaldi people make a special package for the Raspberry, and it contains the browser.  Unfortunately, if you’re running something other than Ubuntu or Debian you’re seemingly out of luck, due to the package being in the .deb format of the debian package manager.  However …

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RISC-V and FPGA

Figure 1: Running RISC-V Linux inside of the Spike RISC-V processor simulator. Click to enlarge.

Some time ago, the RISC-V project, out of Berkeley, caught my eye. It’s an entirely new instruction set for a microprocessor, along with specific implementations that use it. Notably, unlike *all* other such things, it’s open and free.

Such a thing as an open instruction set, especially when coupled with an open processor reference implementation that works, has been the Holy Grail for open hardware and open software enthusiasts, for a very long time …

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