I'm going to learn Raspberian on the Pi and Debian for running on VPS's (x86).
I like Debian's minimalism.
I have hacked around in various Linux distros a few times but I couldn't install it on my laptop because of lack of a display-port driver.
My understanding is that I can only run software that has been compiled for ARM.
So any software I'll install with the apt package manager is using a source list of ARM compiled binaries.
Who hosts these binaries? Is it Debian? or raspberrypi.org?
What happens when I want to run some linux software that is not compiled for ARM.
If I obtain the source can I compile it to run on ARM?
Where can I read more about availability of linux software for the Pi, and getting things to run on it?
Would anything that works in Debian apply to Raspberian?
For example if I get a guide to setting up DNS/DHCP/lighttpd server/whatever will it work exactly the same on the Pi?
I'd like to get into some scripting language for Debian. My friend told me the RbPi comes with native Python scripting support.
I should probably learn a reasonable amount of Python. But I already know PHP.
Are there any PHP scripting options? Is it possible to write and run PHP scripts on the Pi, or even compile them to native code?
I'm very familiar with C. What are the options for coding in C in linux? any nice IDEs and libraries? What would be a good way to get started?
Learning Debian and Linux in general:
I believe the best way to learn is by doing.
But is there some crash course ebook Linux/Raspberian/Debian for dummies?
It was very unpleasant trying to get a displayport monitor to work on ubuntu 12.04/12.10.
Has anyone had any luck on Raspberian with one of these?
They're low power (10 watts 2A @ 5V) and pretty awesome
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6824160064
My RbPi model B is on its way.
Thank you for creating this wonderful device and community!