With Canonical announcing Ubuntu support for so much new hardware, the announcement of Ubuntu ported to a new architecture can go unnoticed. But today, we have a big one. Working with the leading RISC-V core IP designer and development board manufacturer, SiFive, we are proud to announce the first Ubuntu release for two of the most prominent SiFive boards, Unmatched and Unleashed.
This is great news for RISC-V and open source hardware in general. Of course, Linux on RISC-V moves forward with or without the support or major distributions, but having Ubuntu, probably the most popular Linux distribution in the world, on board is a major boon for the architecture.
5-5’s 5-5 6-5 4’s…
God, these numbers are getting confusing.
$665 and five months wait for a mediocre ITX SoC. No thanks.
That’s clearly the cost for early adopters, but to be fair, the cost isn’t that high. A base AMD Ryzen system will run around $550 ($300 for a 5600X, $150 for ITX board, $100 for RAM), and this is in the same ball park. Compared to one of those fancy POWER boards, $665 is a steal. Also, I’m not sure where you got 5 month wait, Mouser has them in stock. Long lead time is only for large orders.
Personally, I would really like to get my hands on one of these, just haven’t had the free time to justify the purchase. I bought a $10 Pi Zero W a few months ago that only been booted once. I’m hoping things are going to get calmer in the second half of the year so that I can start working on some personal projects again.