On 2021-Feb-03 17:33:56 -0800, Larry McVoy <lm(a)mcvoy.com> wrote:
The x86 stuff is about as far away from PDP-11 as you
can get. Required
to know it, but so unpleasant.
Warts upon warts upon warts. The complete opposite of orthogonal.
I have to admit that I haven't looked at ARM
assembler, the M1 is making
me rethink that. Anyone have an opinion on where ARM lies in the pleasant
to unpleasant scale?
I haven't spent enough time with ARM assembler to form an opinion but
there are a number of interesting interviews with the designers on YT:
* A set of videos by Sophie Wilson (original designer) starting at
* A history of ARM by Dave Jaggar (redesigner) at
If you don't want to pony up for a M1, there are a wide range of ARM
SBCs that you could experiment with.