This is a post describing my involvement with the Debian GNU/Linux port for RISC-V (unofficial and not endorsed by Debian at the moment) and announcing the availability of the repository (still very much WIP) with packages built for this architecture.
Debian GNU/Linux port for RISC-V 64-bit (riscv64)
2017-04-24 Debian 5 Comments
Good stuff, I’m glad they’ve accomplished this much.
I tried OpenRISC in the browser recently, it was quite enlightening. It’s impressive what some people can get working.
Not sure about why GCC copyright assignment is such a hurdle. But even OpenRISC had a new (forked) GCC toolchain update recently (two months ago). I assume they’ll figure it all out eventually.
And yet another “similar” (eh?) arch is Knuth’s MMIX. That’s also got its own tools (simulator, GCC).
With the relatively recent arrival of FASMG (assembler), I wonder if anyone will write macros for these arches (probably not me!).