From the main project website:
- No back doors. 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.
- Designed to empower and encourage the owner to learn about and even tweak the software and the hardware for their own benefit.
- Built on 64-bit RISC-V-compatible processor technology.
More precisely, the Kestrel-3, my third generation design, aims to be a computer just about on par with an Atari ST or Amiga 1200 computer in terms of overall performance and capability, but comparable to a Commodore 64 in terms of getting things to work.