Talk about the Debian GNU/Linux riscv64 port at RISC-V workshop

About a month ago I attended the RISC-V workshop (conference, congress) co-organised by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).

There I presented a talk with the (unimaginative) name of “Debian GNU/Linux Port for RISC-V 64-bit”, talking about the same topic as many other posts of this blog.

There are 2-3 such RISC-V Workshop events per year, one somewhere in Silicon Valley (initially at UC Berkeley, its birthplace) and the others spread around the world.

The demographics of this gathering are quite different to those of planet-debian; the people attending usually know a lot about hardware and often Linux, GNU toolchains and other FOSS, but sometimes very little about the inner workings of FOSS organisations such as Debian. My talk had these demographics as target, so a lot of its content will not teach anything new for most readers of planet-debian.

Still, I know that some readers are interested in parts of this, now that the slides and videos are published, so here it is:

Also very relevant is that they were using Debian (our very own riscv64 port, recently imported into debian-ports infra) in two of the most important hardware demos in the corridors. The rest were mostly embedded distros to showcase FPS games like Quake2, Doom or similar.

All the feedback that I received from many of the attendees about the availability of the port was very positive and they were very enthusiastic, basically saying that they and their teams were really delighted to be able to use Debian to test their different prototypes and designs, and to drive development.

Also, many used Debian daily in their work and research for other purposes, for example a couple of people were proudly showing to me Debian installed on their laptops.

For me, this feedback is a testament of how much of what we do everyday matters to the world out there.

For the historical curiosity, I also presented a similar talk in a previous workshop (2 years back) at CSAIL / MIT.

At that time the port was in a much more incipient state, mostly a proof of concept (for example the toolchain had not even started to be upstreamed). Links: