I'm considering buying a DE10-Nano from Terasic to get a MiSTer system up and running, and I thought it would be a good investment since I'd also like to start trying out FPGA development on my own.
The main thing holding me back from getting into FPGAs is the massive software toolchain that seems to come (proprietary) with each dev board or company. It looks like working with these software systems is a huge pain. Does anyone know of a lightweight toolchain (and associated dev board) that is designed for beginners, and maybe designed for one specific beginner dev board?
The scope of the projects I'd like to build are something in the range of an 8-bit ALU or something similiar. It definitely doesn't have to be a huge FPGA or cutting edge technology.
Thanks for any advice you can give me on this!
(I should also add: does anyone have any experience working with the DE10-Nano board?)