[ARMedslack] Slackware ARM on Raspberry Pi

stanley garvey stanley at stanleygarvey.com
Thu May 2 21:31:49 UTC 2013

On May 2, 2013 13:27 "Thorsten Mühlfelder" <thenktor at salixos.org> wrote:

> > rich at rpi-17:~$ uname -a
> > Linux rpi-17 3.6.11+ #408 PREEMPT Wed Apr 10 20:33:39 BST 2013
> > armv6l
> > ARMv6-compatible processor rev 7 (v6l) BCM2708 GNU/Linux
> > 
> > also see
> > <http://imageshack.us/a/img849/863/screenshot0316201309191.png>
> Looks nice, but it is damn slow when used as desktop, isn't it?
> That's a moot point. The Raspberry pi was never intended to be a
> desktop machine it is a toy computer for children to learn programming
> and electronic interfacing on. It also depends on what you mean by
> desktop, if you mean desktop environment, the there are many to chose
> from. I would not recommend running KDE on a Raspberry pi but xfce is
> pretty nippy once it has loaded (on start up things like gpg-agent run
> in the background soaking up 100 cpu., This can be turned off if you
> wish). Speed is also affected by the raspberry pi's use of SD card
> storage, you may find you have periods of high iowait caused by kswapd
> and mmcd, This can be addressed by turning off journaling and access
> time writes to SDcard etc.
> All in all the Raspberry pi is a neat bit of 'off the shelf' kit that
> has great potential for use in not only in education but also home
> automation and building cool gadgets like media centers, wifi internet
> radios etc, etc.
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