Finally, after a long, long wait I have received my first Raspberry Pi. Being a full time Linux Mint 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.
In the mean time the official Raspbian operating system has been released, which is a Debian version which is specifically tweaked to run good on a Raspberry Pi. My first impressions of Raspbian are a lot more positive. However I have not tested video playback yet, because that is not what I have bought the Raspberry Pi for. I have bought my Raspberry Pi to put it to use as a universal controller running self made applications.
At first the Pi didn't support IPv6, which was a bit of a disappointment to me, because it would be great to reach your controller from all over world (at least the IPv6 enabled part of the world, sigh)! But it turns out that Raspbian can run IPv6 by applying a very little tweak.
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).
The only problem now is to find the time to do so.
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.
My prayers have been heard. The latest version of the Raspberry Pi has two mounting holes in it! Well, my first Pi will probably never be mounted in any box anyway, as it is my guinea pig.
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!