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RARS is designed for students and is probably the best thing for students

All serious / professional RISC-V work is done using GNU binutils, and gcc or llvm, gdb and the qemu or spike emulators (or real RISC-V boards). If you are already familiar with how to set up and use the gnu toolchain for other ISAs and/or you've tried RARS and find it too restrictive then sure, try that. Follow the directions at

However if you're having trouble making RARS work then you're probably going to have even more problems with the standard GNU toolchain. RARS is made to be easy.