Sorry, very busy, so zero production values in this video. Three snippets jammed together but I go from closed delivery packet to fully booted and operational Raspberry Pi with browser running in a few minutes.
Few immediate thoughts:
- Shockingly small. You don’t realise just how small until it is in your hand
- It just works
- The CPU is fine but I think the 256MB RAM is going to be a problem fairly quickly. Most modern Linux apps expect more. Building Fuse from source took a bunch of tries as GCC ran out of memory until I found a low-memory setting
- It’s slow but acceptably so
- It runs almost cold .Gotta love the ARM architecture.
- They should only highlight one Linux distribution on the site and put everyone’s focus on that. Far too early for fragmentation or trying to please everyone.
- Should boot into XWindows by default and then show a “Welcome to RPi” screen like Linux Mint.
- The efforts on XBMC etc are very exciting
- Wireless keyboard and mouse saves you one USB port
- 8GB Class 6 MicroSD in an adapter worked fine as the boot device
- Full-size SD cards for pennies on sites like 7DayShop
- It needs HW-accelerated GUI and decent Java support quickly
- I’d love to see someone put together RPi in a case with keyboard and mouse as cheaply as possible. In fact they should make it a competition. I have a $6 keyboard coming from HK at the mo.
Lots more stuff I want to try out at the weekend including making a nice case for it. Expect more posts from me in the coming weeks.