Ive had a couple of the Raspberry pi‘s in my posession for a few weeks , i started out using the debian squeeze image which was really good , then i put on the wheezy beta image which again is super , but lets face it a raspberry pi wont replace your home desktop PC , it wasnt designed to , but using both of these distros u can do most things you would normaly do on your desktop , albeit a tad slower , however i dont really want my pi to be “just another” linux OS so i have delved into have a look at some of the innovation behind this little device and i gotta admit , its kinda awesome.
First id like to show the Android Transporter which allows you to easily share and display content wirelessly via a Apple Airplay like technology.
With the latest version it supports the Raspberry Pi which allows you to easily share the display content of your Android smartphone or tablet wirelessly with a television set or a beamer. Just watch the amazing demo video.
That is definitely something i could use , my boy would enjoy gaming on big TV whilst using the 10″ tablet as a steering wheel (driving games obviously)
Then i had a look at the work Hexxeh is doing to port the ChromeOS over to the pi , although it is still a work in progress and as it stands we can only boot to a Chrome OS desktop i did’nt dd the image to the SDHC as yet , its something i will be watching with a keen interest.
Also this week i was made aware of a Kubuntu KDE OS ported to the pi , this was something i had to see , i was eager to see just how much fat KDE had to shed before it would run on 256MB RAM , mainly for my own curiosity’s sake, just to check out what those hard working devs have done. Once i had dd the image over to the SDHC it would only boot to a terminal( x would’nt start) so i did not get to see that KDE goodness on the pi (yet)
see HERE for more info on the KDE port to pi.
I just love the innovation behind this lil guy ..
earlier tonight i was gonna dd XBMC to the pi only to find their site was down (http://www.raspbmc.com) and seemed like any mention of them had been removed from the raspberry pi’s website , i was about to give up the ghost until i found OpenElec . I promptly downloaded then dd the image to the SDHC , then inserted the SDHC in the pi and away it went , I was REALLY impressed , now the lil £30 device is a HTPC which pushes out 1080P HD flawless , no lags or stuttering at all. so id like to give a big +1 to the OpenElec team , awesome work that is definitely gonna be a keeper for me.
I have yet to try out tons of stuff including the game emulators on the pi , hopefully ill give em a go soon and share my findings with you guys.