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  • Linux 5.14 Picks Up Support For A Tiny & Inexpensive MIPS IoT Single Board Computer

    Phoronix: Linux 5.14 Picks Up Support For A Tiny & Inexpensive MIPS IoT Single Board Computer

    The MIPS code within the Linux kernel remains in a mature but rather stagnate state while the upstream MIPS architecture development has ceased and most vendors these days using Arm or RISC-V instead or even OpenPOWER prospects. But there still are some ongoing MIPS improvements to the Linux kernel...

    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...inux-5.14-MIPS

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    I find these boards very interesting for tinkering, even with their low specs.

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    • #3
      Rather uninteresting since it is a MIPS board. Then a Raspberry Zero is more interesting and appealing.
      It would be much more interesting if it was a RISC-V or ARM board.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by uid313 View Post
        It would be much more interesting if it was a RISC-V or ARM board.
        Why? For someone who often makes a fuss about fully-open platforms, MIPS has gone a lot farther than ARM, so wouldn't you rather have this?
        Besides, I think there are already platforms of roughly this size with both RISC-V and ARM.

        There's more to the SBC world than Raspberry Pis...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by schmidtbag View Post
          Why? For someone who often makes a fuss about fully-open platforms, MIPS has gone a lot farther than ARM, so wouldn't you rather have this?
          Besides, I think there are already platforms of roughly this size with both RISC-V and ARM.

          There's more to the SBC world than Raspberry Pis...
          I thought MIPS announced that they were going open source, but then changed their minds and didn't.

          I think ARM and MIPS are equally closed.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by uid313 View Post
            I thought MIPS announced that they were going open source, but then changed their minds and didn't.

            I think ARM and MIPS are equally closed.
            The R6 architecture is, to my understanding, open-source.
            https://www.mips.com/mipsopen/
            I believe one of the reasons China and Russia have been using MIPS is specifically because it's open source, but more mature than RISC-V. By having access to the whole architecture, they don't have to worry about backdoors, while inserting their own.

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