Raspberry Pi (habakkuk)

Overview:

My Pi was the first piece of computer hardware that I have ever bought. The concept was that I could afford to buy one, since it only cost $35 US dollars – right? As it turns out, it was a lot more expensive due to all of the other pieces required.

Raspberry Pi website

I like my Pi, but I’m not unaware of it’s limits. Although recently much progress has been made on creating a workable desktop for the Raspberry Pi, with the addition of hardware acceleration, my Pi was an early model – limited to 256MB of RAM. Even with much of the video memory switched to be used as main memory, I was unable to run a modern web browser at a decent clip. After opening a few tabs, I’d rapidly run out of memory.

However, as it is now my Pi is doing a decent job. It’s hooked up to an old Iomega 80GB USB hard drive, and is acting as the server in my local network. Running Arch Linux ARM, it boots quickly – within 20 seconds – and is fast enough for the few jobs that I occasionally throw at it. Most of the time, it sits idling.

Aim:

I don’t intend to use my Pi for much other than a server on my local network. I’ve set up SSH keys, and check up on it every week or so, updating it and making sure that everything is running as intended. As I write this, it’s been running silently for 18 days, and will only be rebooted occasionally, after kernel updates and suchlike.

At some point I’ll consider making a few games using Pi3D on it, possibly hooking it up to our TV with some WiiMotes to play with. Or maybe doing an electronics project with it; we’ll see…

Specs:

Full specs are available on the Raspberry Pi website. I have an older Model B – with 256MB of RAM.

  • ARM core @ 700Mhz
  • 256MB RAM, 16MB shared with the GPU
  • VideoCore IV GPU
  • 4GB SD card, 80GB HDD.
  • Arch Linux installed on the SD card
  • A custom balsa wood case.