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  • The State Of Debian & Fedora On The RISC-V Architecture

    RISC-V remains of a lot of interest to open-source/Linux users for being a royalty-free and completely open CPU architecture. In part due to the lack of affordable RISC-V hardware limiting developers from working more on this architecture, the state of RISC-V support by Linux distributions varies but at least has improved a lot in recent years.

    At this past weekend's FOSDEM 2019 conference was a RISC-V track with several interesting talks about this open processor ISA and various software efforts around it.

  • Best Raspberry Pi cases: Great options to dress up your mini-PC

    You don't have to buy a case for a Raspberry Pi, but doing so makes the experience that much nicer. That's particularly so if, for example, you plan to use a Pi 3 B+ as a home-theater PC or even a secondary desktop.

    A whole sea of options exist out there, though, ranging from simple acrylic cases to elaborately carved wood shells. So we dug into the mix to find the best of the bunch at different prices—and came up with a selection that should make minimalists, HTPC fans, gamers, hardware hackers, and even hot-rod enthusiasts happy.

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