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Old 05-01-2013, 12:14 AM   #1
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A few questions on Raspberry PI


I want to buy a Raspberry PI model B with 512MB ram. If you own a raspberry pi how well does ARM based linux distros runs on it. Is it slow or fast?

Is wireless easy or difficult to setup and finally which ARM distro works best with Rasp PI?


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Old 05-01-2013, 12:51 AM   #2
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If you want to use RPi as a desktop replacement, it is fairly slow, maybe equivalent to
a 486 computer of 10 years ago. It is usable, but you will wait some time in between
clicks on a web browser. It is very similar to a smartphone on 3G network.

This comment is based on RPi with 256MB RAM. There is very little spare RAM after loading up the midori web browser. You may get better results with 512MB RAM.

The RPi is perhaps more suitable for use as a web server with light traffic,
maybe as a personal 'owncloud' server.

I think rasbian is a good distro for the RPi because it has many packages available.

Can't comment on the ease of setting up wifi, but do some research before buying a wifi
adaptor - there are sure to be restrictions on which ones work.
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I am going to use it as a ssh and rsync server for educational purposes. The model B has 512MB of ram and it can safely be overclock to 1 GHZ.

Thanks Wollongong for the info.
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H5X, I got this wifi adapter from ebay:

I set up the Pi with a LAN cable and then plugged in the wifi adapter afterwards. This is my first Pi and I set it up about 6 hours ago. I connected the wifi adapter to my network - it just worked. No need to load any drivers. After setting up the Pi it is sat plugged into the TV but I have been accessing it via SSH. I plan to use this as a media centre although I am planning to have a play around and see how a bit torrent client works.

I would suggest a powered USB hub also (once you start thinking about it there are plenty of extras - power supply, HDMI cable, USB storage if required). And a couple of SD cards won't do any harm. That way you can set up a few different distros.

And agreeing with the 'gong, raspian is perfect.
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I use 'SlackwareARM' with no issues. 'LXDE' works for me when I do use a desktop. Most times on 'cli'.

No need for wireless.
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I'm using the Edimax EW-7811Un wireless adaptor.
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Thanks timl, onebuck and brianL for the suggestions.
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I have a model B. Grabber a wifi adapter on ebay (watch for low current consumption) and it's fine.

I loaded the debian type thing they were shoving at me, and it's good.
No plugins for browsing is an issue; use one program at a time and you're fine. omxplayer, not mplayer, as mplayer doesn't use their gpu driver. if you want three tabs, 2 irc channels and a couple of downloads running simultaneously, you will be disappointed.

Get a decent wall wart power supply to run it off - 700mA recommended.


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