Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 04:12 UTC
Linux Software for the Raspberry Pi is quickly moving forward. Beyond the several core Linux distros, another couple dozen systems are available, with NetBSD, FreeBSD, and Chromium imminently stepping into the mix. (Ubuntu will not join them as it requires ARMv7 and the Pi is ARMv6). Two dozen programming languages are available, including Python, Perl, Java, Ruby 1.9.2, BASIC, and more. Since the Pi is a full fledged ARM computer, it should run nearly any ARM app within its system requirements. See the RPi Wiki or Foundation website for more info.
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I wasn't talking about your mother, now was I? The fact is that USB 2.0 HDDs are terribly slow, limited to about 35MB/s speeds, and as such boards like this still wouldn't work for quite many people. Also, if we were talking about your mother she wouldn't need a quad-core CPU or GPU for mail and browsing anyways.

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