Joe Schmoe said:
You know, the problem with all of this is that whenever I see things like "A 300 Mhz Pentium 2", with a note of derision like that's the equivalent of the Stone Age, I can't help but remember when we would have killed for that kind of computing power.
I recall that using a 20MHz 286 wasn't that bad at the time, but then I probably wasn't doing what I do today and I don't have any means to compare the two.
I'm actually coming from that direction; if a 20MHz 286, 4MB RAM, 10MB HDD was perfectly okay then an R-Pi with considerably more oomph should be perfectly acceptable now, but all these reports of it not being powerful enough or not having enough memory to run some apps and reports of it being slow are starting to worry me.
I suppose that's partly in not having one to play with and being able to judge for myself. Have I been so spoilt by high performance that I'll really notice and suffer from sluggish response ?
Perhaps we need some real world comparisons like "how long to render the http://www.bbc.co.uk
homepage", how long to compile some particular application.