I finally got my hands on the Raspberry Pi a few days back. My upcoming plan is to use the Pi as a Node.js server. If you haven’t heard of the open, platform-friendly, inexpensive $35 Linux-powered computing platform known as Raspberry Pi by now, you better do so. Starting with the Auduino, this is surely the start of inexpensive open-source hardware computing. Think of your traditional PC motherboard with integrated graphics, network, sound, HDMI, and keyboard/mouse shrunken down to the size of a deck of playing cards, and you’ll get the idea of what the Raspberry Pi is all about. Driven by an ARM1176JZF 700MHz processor, the Raspberry Pi has 256 megabytes of on-board RAM and hardware-accelerated graphics.
The primary step with the Pi was to burn the Debian “squeeze” image to a SD card, for which I used the SanDisk 4GB SDHC. There have been reported problems with using the microSD card with an adapter. Image was burned using the wonderful Win32 Disk Imager. The image file is around 2GB, so a 4GB card is a bare minimum to get a decent working Pi. Connecting to the net was easy as the Pi uses DHCP for configuration. Booting was extremely fast; dropping to the login prompt in less than 10 seconds.
Another interesting thing to do next is run the IBM 4381 emulator on the Pi.