Finally, after a long, long wait I have received my first Raspberry Pi. Being a full time Ubuntu user, the best option for me is to run Debian on my device. Therefore all information on this web site pertains to this distribution only.
At first I was a bit disappointed by the multi-media performance of the Raspberry Pi.
All stories I've read tell me that it can even play back HD video in full 1080p resolution.
Uhm, if it can, it certainly isn't easy to get it to do so.
First of all it doesn't recognize the full resolution of both my full HD monitor and full HD TV.
It doesn't even start in a GUI, you'll have to start that manually by login in to the console and type startx.
No video player is installed by default, and if you install VLC yourself it won't recognize the audio device.
After that I gave up.
I hope to teach my Pi some interesting tricks and write about them in this corner of my web site.
Some tricks will be software only, others may involve some hardware too.
No matter which way it will go, I'm sure it will be exciting (for me at least).
I was also surprised to find that the board did not contain not even one single mounting hole.
I can understand that it is fairly difficult to find the space for mounting holes on such a small device, but how are we supposed to fit it to another board or in a universal box without holes?
Well, time will tell I suppose.
Oh and by the way, did I tell you that the Raspberry Pi can run my SB-Assembler Version 3 without any modifications? And on top of that it even supports avrdude (installable from the Debian repository). Now you can even use the Rasberry Pi to develop your 8-bit microcontroller projects!