From Balthazar

The mission of Balthazar is to enable and educate end-users to be private, safe, and careful with their private, school's or a company's data.

In today’s internet age we need to know how to handle and use encryption for our data protection, privacy, and overall security. Also, additional physical safety features such as hardwired switches and a quickly removable hard drive and peripherals are a necessity.

Its open architecture runs a fully open-source software stack, a derivative of Debian GNU/Linux free of proprietary hardware drivers and other closed source software. This makes a large software library instantly available and provides regular security updates. It can also be used as a base for “custom OS” or even UI environment, but that should not be mandatory.

We are:

  1. To design open, secure, inexpensive, and innovative hardware while combining it with the usage of already existing GNU/FOSS tools and applications right off the shelf.
  2. To lead by example and gently lead other hardware manufacturers to become fully open towards GNU/FOSS including opening drivers' documentation, as well as abandoning in the developing process proprietary closed hardware architectures.
  3. To support and enable low-income communities and individuals all over the planet to engage in protecting their privacy, freedoms, and rights on and within internet communication.
  4. To make computing more sustainable and reach an eco-friendly footprint.
  5. To make a modular and granulated product that can be configured and upgraded at an affordable price. You own it – you have the right to repair and upgrade it yourself.
  6. To create an ecosystem that promotes RISC-V and ISA-based secure computing.
  7. To position it as an educational platform, as well as an advanced computing device where its users of all ages will feel secure, safe, and comfortable using it.
  8. To improve a paradigm in a mobile computing approach, while inspiring users to help create a new generation internet as a fundamental right to stay private, safe, and secure on- and off-line.
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