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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WereCatf
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I don't know if you wish to continue the discussion any longer, but well, the Cubieboard ( http://linux-sunxi.org/Cubieboard ) is a great board hardware-wise: it's got powerful enough CPU and GPU for most desktop-tasks, it's got a SATA-connector for using real HDDs, there's not any particular component on it that gimps the rest, and the expansion headers provided on the board include all the most important features -- I particularly like the inclusion of SPD/IF - header there. The board is also cheap at only $49, meaning that you wouldn't break any budget even if you bought everyone in the family a box of their own.

Alas, the board is also a great example of how badly the software side of things can ruin an otherwise terrific product, what with things like the Mali-400 - driver sometimes actually being SLOWER than even a FBDEV at basic 2D operations, the drivers either missing X11 - support or OpenVG and/or OpenGL ES being broken, and so on. (See http://linux-sunxi.org/Mali400 more on that!) Similarly, H/W video acceleration is downright useless in that that only applications that directly utilize the CedarX - library can use it; no Gstreamer-support, no OpenMAX, no nothing. An example of what no standard method for accessing the acceleration - features means is VLC: VLC only works from console, no GUI, and since Cedar lacks YUV420 there's no OSD, either! ( http://linux-sunxi.org/VLC and http://linux-sunxi.org/CedarX )

The above is exactly why I actually try to recommend people to stay away from these things for now; sure, all the hardware-features look great on paper and it's easy to get excited about these, but once you actually try to use the thing you'll quickly write it off as a failed investment on your part!

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