Recently, I’ve started to explore RISC-V. I experienced the journey as pretty refreshing, particularly because I’ve been working on x86 low-level software almost exclusively for about 10 years.
In this post, I want to quickly go over some high-level stumbling blocks I noticed as I was starting out. I’m probably going to write about more technical differences in subsequent blog posts.
While reading the rest of this post, please keep in mind: RISC-V is simple! If you managed to do any low-level coding on x86, you will find your way around RISC-V with little effort. It’s easy to forget how crazy some parts of x86 are. Just see my past posts.
The more interest in RISC-V, the quicker we can expect a RISC-V laptop to run Linux on. I’m all for it.
RISC-V is more unlikely in laptops than Cortex-A cores are. But let’s wait what Apple will show this autumn 😉