The $8 Linux computer #Linux #RISC-V @BramStolk @thepine64

Yes, you read that right… for $8 you can run Linux on a RISC-V computer. And not just a stripped down kernel without an MMU. No, the Pine64 Ox64 comes with capable RISC-V cores. Heck, and not just one core, but three cores (all different.)

Caveat Emptor: At the time of writing, ethernet, wifi and SD-Card are not working. It’s good to realize this before jumping into this.

It looks like a microcontroller, but behaves like a UNIX machine. Getting it up and running, though, is far from trivial. There are so many hurdles to take!

Some people have found out that you can program it with an RP2040 device, like the Raspberry Pi Pico. I had a KB2040 from Adafruit lying around, so used that.

So, once it is wired this all up, flashed to binaries, what does one get?

We get root!

And that’s after booting in a blistering 0.22 seconds!

Read more in the posts: Part 1 and Part 2


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