I'm writing this because this is a new machine, a new processor, a new environment. I'm not an expert in Linux or Python but I started this journey with a 6502 processor with 2 Kilobytes of memory 38 years ago, so in the intervening years I've learned how to get to grips with things.
The Pi was delivered around lunch time yesterday. My first problem was to find a power supply because I don't have a modern style phone with a micro-USB charger. Unless you choose a cell phone charger, your options are VERY limited. I purchased a car cigar lighter charger from Maplin.
CAT No A47KA - 7.99-UKL. The adapter reduces the voltage to 5v. I have an emergency battery box for starting cars and it has a cigar lighter socket on the side. That can deliver enough power for a few dozen Pi.
I'm seeing complaints about speed on the Pi. This isn't all down to the speed of the processor. It doesn't matter how fast the processor / operating system works if the storage access is slow. SD Cards come in various speeds. This is indicated by a symbol C with a number contained within the C. E.g. C4, C6, C10 etc. If it hasn't got a C rating it's probably very slow to access and write. I've compared a C4 and a C10 card and the difference is noticeable. The C10 is about twice as fast. They're not expensive. Systemax ( Misco in the U.K ) sell an Itegral 16Gb Class 10 SD Card for 9.60-UKL and there is an 8Gb version for less. I don't have a preference for brands so I should mention that Kingston sell even faster?? /bigger cards. My C4 is a TDK MicroSD in a full size SD adapter.
Whoever prepared the release didn't pay a lot of attention to detail. I'm not familiar with games or educational software so 'Scratch' and 'Squeak' are a total mystery to me. I can't find an example program to run or a 'RUN' button. There is a 'Help' tab but no help. I can't see why this was included in the distribution; It's just very discouraging for beginners.
BTW I've seen complaints about getting sound using the HDMI interface. I can't get a peep out of the audio connection either and the picture quality is the worst I've seen in 30 years. In fairness it is a very old CRT TV.
In order to lift the tone I was going to attach a few simple PYTHON programs just to provide a bit of encouragement. I prefer 'IDLE' as an editor but 'GEANY' is ok. Just to make sure I tested them out in 'GEANY'. 'GEANY' can't produce output because like other editors it looks for a program called 'XTERM' and that isn't included in the distribution. Instead there is 'BASH' and 'DASH' and like these, 'GEANY' needs to look for 'LXTERMINAL.' All this proves is that no one checked whether any of the software worked before it was released. It would be better to have no software instead of wasting everyone's time. Get Professional!! This is a distribution for (among others) children - not by children.
If I've got a fix for 'GEANY' by tomorrow then we can start some simple 'PYTHON'.
It's a poor start but no worse than it was 38 years ago, when there were very few people you could ask. I am hoping my biting critism will be a spur to a better distribution 'Next time.' It's not the end of the world - but someone needs their butt kicked.