Linked by David Adams on Mon 5th Mar 2012 22:35 UTC
Linux "The Linux operating system for the Raspberry Pi bare-bones computer is ready to download. The Arch Linux ARM download is based on Arch Linux, which the Raspberry Pi Foundation says 'provides a lightweight base structure that allows you to shape the system to your needs'."
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sparkyERTW
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2010-06-09

But that's not who the Pi is designed for anyway - in fact it's completely against the whole ethos of Pi's mission statement!!


Now you're the one who's making outlandish claims. The foundation's most often touted goal is to create a low cost computer that can be "used by kids all over the world to learn programming". Debian is a perfectly adequate platform for this goal, as are many other distributions. While I agree that Arch is an excellent distribution and well-suited to tinkering, to suggest that Debian is somehow the antithesis of that is ludicrous.

Edited 2012-03-06 14:20 UTC

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26


Now you're the one who's making outlandish claims. The foundation's most often touted goal is to create a low cost computer that can be "used by kids all over the world to learn programming". Debian is a perfectly adequate platform for this goal, as are many other distributions. While I agree that Arch is an excellent distribution and well-suited to tinkering, to suggest that Debian is somehow the antithesis of that is ludicrous.


Slow down, take a deep breath and re-read that I said.

I never claimed that Debian was against the principle of Pi (in fact I wasn't even commenting on Debian at all). I simply said people who just lazily want a working desktop are against the principle of Pi.

You said yourself that it's designed to be a low cost programmers board, so in-spite the knee-jerk reaction, you're effectively agreeing with my statement.

Now if only you could undo that unnecessary down-mod you've given me.....

Edited 2012-03-06 16:58 UTC

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Since when is having a full-fledge, working GUI the "antithesis" of a programmer's paradise? Why is a CLI interface suddenly the "holy grail" of teaching kids about programming?

Not all programmer's want to use vi. Not all programmer's want to tinker with the basic configuration of an OS.

Some just want a system to boot to a nice GUI, and provide them with the tools they need to start programming. Like a nice GUI text editor linked with a terminal app linked with a compiler linked with a debugger.

Debian works well for those types of programmers, who just want to get into the programming, and not the OS tinkering.

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ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

I never claimed that Debian was against the principle of Pi (in fact I wasn't even commenting on Debian at all). I simply said people who just lazily want a working desktop are against the principle of Pi.

No they aren't. The Pi designers themselves have said they wanted the Pi to be an affordable basic computing alternative for people as well.

I wish people would bother reading everything the foundation has said before they post. There's so much misinformation and false assumptions about the Pi it's almost sickening.

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