I am writing this post to initiate a discussion on an exciting avenue for Manjaro’s continued evolution as a leader in Linux distributions. I am of the belief that Manjaro, given its commitment to innovation, should consider expanding its compatibility to include additional open architectures, specifically RISC-V and OpenPOWER. In the past I have had incomplete thoughts on this, but wish to expand upon them:
To elaborate, RISC-V is an open-source hardware instruction set architecture (ISA) that is rapidly gaining traction due to its adaptability, flexibility, and potential for customization. On the other hand, OpenPOWER, particularly in its PowerPC64LE configuration, represents a high-performance, highly efficient architecture that is increasingly being adopted in powerful workstations and servers. Both are open-source, fully auditable hardware platforms.
The increasing prevalence of RISC-V boards (such as the Pine Star64) along with a range of OpenPOWER hardware, presents an exciting opportunity for Manjaro. Being available for these platforms can place Manjaro at the forefront of “the next big thing,” affirming its position as a future-ready and inclusive operating system.
I would like to highlight the ArchPOWER project, a downstream Arch distro, which could serve as a reference point. This project has successfully extended support to the following architectures:
- PowerPC64 (such as the PowerMac G5, iMac G5)
- PowerPC64LE (OpenPOWER boards, TALOS, etc.)
- (User proposal for ARMv6 for RPi 1B+, Zero)
By actively contributing to or leveraging the knowledge base from projects like ArchPOWER, Manjaro could feasibly extend its support to these exciting architectures in a similar way it handles ARM today.
In conclusion, I propose that we consider the advantages of Manjaro supporting RISC-V and OpenPOWER architectures, facilitating our journey into the future of computing. Your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions on this topic are most welcome.
Thank you for considering my proposal.