Hello, and welcome to the Fossil repository for the Kestrel-3 family of computers. The Kestrel-3 is a (mostly) MPLv2 licensed computer design. Folks familiar with the classic home computers of the mid-80s (e.g., Commodore 64 or 128, Apple IIgs, Atari 8-bits, ZX Spectrum, et. al.) can think of the Kestrel-3 as exactly that kind of home computer, but built with a fresh and new design. For this reason, I consider the Kestrel-3 a neo-retro computer.
The Kestrel-3 is designed to empower and encourage the owner to learn about and even tweak the software and hardware for their own benefit.
- No back doors.
- No management engine.
- No hardware locks or encryption.
- Open hardware means you can completely understand the hardware.
- No memberships in expensive special interest groups or trade organizations required to contribute peripherals.
- No fear of bricking your computer trying to install the OS of your choice.
- Bootstrap process is fully disclosed.
- Built on the 64-bit RISC-V instruction set architecture.
- ROM-resident, language-based operating environment ensures the computer remains useful even in absence of bootable storage media.