Ubuntu Kylin 20.04 operating system runs on RISC-V hardware

Ubuntu Kylin 20.04 developed in China now supports RISC-V architecture with an image for the HiFive Unmatched mini-ITX motherboard, and work will be done on an unnamed Starfive SBC which should be the VisionFive board with a RISC- V dual-core JH7100 without GPU SoC or an upgraded version with JH7110 SoC with an Imagination IMG BXE-4-32 GPU.

You may have read recent reports about China requiring government entities, including state-owned enterprises (SOEs), to replace foreign hardware and software within two years. So that means avoiding systems based on Intel and AMD processors, so working on RISC-V open architecture makes perfect sense, because over time Chinese manufacturers should be able to make RISC-V SoCs and PCs. based on these processors, but probably not on schedule. the next two years on any significant scale.

Ubuntu Kylin 20.04 RISC-V, as well as the brand new Ubuntu Kylin 22.04 x86, are available on the English download page on Ubuntu Kylin website. RISC-V image is now only available for HiFive Unmatched mini-ITX board with SiFive FU740 quad-core 64-bit U74 RISC-V processor, 16GB RAM, NVMe storage and discrete graphics card support via a PCIe slot. They didn’t do it from scratch since Ubuntu RISC-V images for HiFive cards have been available since last year.

Some installation instructions are in a PDF in English. the announcement explains that there is still a lot of work to be done to use RISC-V as a replacement for x86, and that there are currently over 20 self-developed packages. The image is based on a Linux 5.11 kernel and includes the Ephiphany 3.36 browser and Calligra 3.10 office suite, as well as UKUI Office 3.0 environment.

Initial Ubuntu Kylin support for the StarFive SBC will be added as part of the “Summer of Open Source (OSPP)” activity for students with the description of the project, translated from Chinese to English, reading:

This project plans to create a RISC-V version of the Ubuntu Kylin system image based on the StarFive development board and perform some degree of booting based on the base image. Optimization and adaptation of power management.

So there are not huge resources behind this development, but at least someone will be working on it between July 1st and September 30th.

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