[kwlug-disc] raspberry pi
cbruner at quadro.net
Wed Jun 6 15:19:46 EDT 2012
I've recently received a raspberry pi, and thought I would let you know
my initial impressions.
First the pi is very picky about it's usb. I don't know what the
differences are, but it apparently only like high quality keyboards and
Second the pi is very picky about power. I had read on the forums about
this so I actually went out to get a power supply for it. (USB charger
that does 5V, exactly).
The PI's video can either go through composite or hdmi. I opted for
hdmi (the family tv) since I haven't had composite around for at least a
There are three distros.
The Debian squeeze
and the QtonPI.
Several problems with rebooting, and messages about usb's disconnecting.
(The peripherals that I used are ones I use all the time, so I think
it's the pickyness showing up again).
Of the three distros I was able to get two of them working, the QtonI
(which in spite of being for developing qt stuff didn't include X.) and
The Debian looks like it is the go to distro. It has X, some games and
looks to be generally working.
I wasn't able to get sound out of the hdmi, and alsamixer wasn't present
so I don't know what the status of sound is.
At this point, I'm thinking I won't be using it for anything serious,
it's just too flakey, and finiky. The next time I'm at kwartzlab I'll
leave it in on a shelf with a "play with me" label. However unless
you've got hdmi or composite I'm not sure how far you will get on it.
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