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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The fact is that USB 2.0 HDDs are terribly slow, limited to about 35MB/s speeds

Though "terribly slow" probably goes too far? Maybe "slowish" ...and OTOH quite enough for many other usages - reasonably comparable to 100 MBit Ethernet, when the little board is used to serving something over it.

PS. ( WRT ) and with USB, CPU hardly idles when reading - USB is more CPU-intensive; maybe USB2.0-only is not such a bad thing on meagre CPUs.

Edited 2012-11-27 10:17 UTC

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