Ron Minnich (Coreboot dev): "HiFive is no more open, today, than your average ARM SOC; and it is much less open than, Power"


Would really be interested to know if any Power9 devices are to be developed by Purism, since their prices have dropped and it seems that for now RISC is doing more poorly than Power, in terms of openness?!

IDK, what do you guys think?

Have a look at

The code hasn’t been released yet, but if it is you’ll have a blob-free HiFive.


the price is almost the same as the Tallos II Lite which can run on frequencies higher than 1600 and support for dedicated GPU which would make it a great candidate for Desktop use. The HiFive’s one could be more suitable for laptop use though.

Would be interesting to know how much different are their architectures. Power9’s architecture seems to be based on RISC as well

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