My name is Bobby Durrett. I do computer work for a living, mainly working on Oracle databases. Linux on x86-64 hardware is our current standard platform for our in-house databases and on cloud systems like Amazon Web Services so I have been learning about Linux itself and the open source software that runs on it. My blog http://www.bobbydurrettdba.com/
is mainly about my work.
I've been debating getting a Raspberry Pi just because I have heard so much about it. I use Linux virtual machines in VirtualBox both for work and for fun so I already have Linux and it runs on the same x86-64 hardware that I use for work so I didn't see much use for a RP. But, I don't have a system that runs Linux directly on hardware. I dorked with booting my home computer from a USB thumb drive using Linux but had trouble getting the Wifi to work right. Also it was a big hassle because the BIOS is setup to make it hard to boot from a USB drive.
So, I broke down and asked for a Raspberry Pi 3 and a related book for Christmas. I have not cracked open the book so I can't say if it is good or not. My biggest challenge was that I didn't get a micro SD card with NOOBS already on it so I had to try to download Raspbian from the RP site. I was able to download R. Lite but not the graphical version. I imagined everyone getting their new RP on Christmas day and the non-profit web site being overloaded with traffic from people downloading Raspbian or NOOBS. Eventually I figured out how to use Torrent to download the full version of Raspbian. Also, my home computer doesn't have a reader for SD cards so I had to use my work computer - don't tell anyone.
I ended up buying an external SD card reader using my Christmas money so I can use it with my home laptop in the future.
Anyway, I've been very impressed with not only the device itself but with all of the support on the web. Anything I think of needing to do I've found with a quick Google search. It is remarkable how well the RP works with only 1 gigabyte of memory, especially with the full graphical version of Raspbian. I compiled 3 different Nethack versions and found a bug in their latest code - a bug that I introduced ack! For some reason the bug didn't show up on Centos 64 bit x86 Linux. Also, I was surprised that RP uses 32 bit Linux since it is advertised as having 64 bit processors but then again with 1 gig of memory maybe you only need 32 bits.
It is cool having some personal hardware that runs Linux. It is interesting that it is a different type of CPU than I normally use. But, still, I'm unsure what I want to do with it. There are endless possibilities but only so much time in the day to mess with it. It's a very well done machine and it has great support. It has so much potential but what to do next? It is a fun problem to have.