For what it"s worth, I thought I"d post my first impressions of getting my Pi this week. I had managed to follow the instructions on preparing a SD card with the Debian Squeeze operating system, although I couldn"t get it to fit on a 2GB card and had to sacrifice the 4GB card from my camera
Quart in to pint pot?
It booted up OK, although I found the requirement for a username and password an unneccessarily intrusive step.
Pretty much every OS is setup like this, for user convenience Windows & Mac OS typically let you bypass it. It's just different, that's all.
It"s oiny me who"s going to be using it, for heaven"s sake! Thankfully there"s enough space on the internet connector to write the username and password, plus the magic word to boot the graphics. So far, so crude.
If you learn a little you can setup your own username & password and have it automagically boot in to the GUI - which will even show you your name so you just enter your password - just like Windows.
The display seems really poor on my 1080p monitor - a small low resolution rectangle in the middle of a black box. Reminds me a bit of the old 80s micros. I was expecting it to fill the screen, like my real computer desktop does. Perhaps it"s to save memory or something, I don"t know.
Some settings will need tweaking to optimise it for your monitor.
So, I find the internet browser, which seems to be named after a bright green Japanese liqueur.
What's in a name, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. FYI, the FireFox build for Debian is called Iceweasel, you can't get Safari but you might be able to get Opera - all good names - all with their own theme.
I try the BBC websit - Success! Well, after a fashion. Apparently I need to install Flash. So I click the link and Adobe obligingly provides me with the Linux Flash. For Firefox. Only.
You will need to install Flash if you want to watch video. For everything else Midori is absolutely fine.
So I go to Firefox to download that. I get the files onto the desktop - but no way can I get it to run. I"ve managed to unpack the files into a folder called Pi, but that"s all.
A little learning ....
So I turn to the Forum I register, and am given a password so fiendishly complicated it takes me four tries to type it in. Then I start posting here - and BOY IS IT SLOW! It is currently taking between 10 and fifteen seconds to register a mouse click, and a similar length of time to catch up with my typing.
Hmmmm, someone may be exagerating. My Pi is no where near as fast as my MacBook Pro but then it cost 50 times less. It's not 50 times slower that's for sure.
So at the moment I"m rather bitterly disappointed, with a device that can"t even achieve what my four year old mobile phone can do effortlessly...
Your mobile will have retailed for about £300 - about 10 times more than a Pi
And yes, I have tried reading the forums, including the Absolute Beginners, for some time before I received the Pi. Most of it is total Greek. And there is SO MUCH of it - I don"t have three lifetimes spare to go through it.
You've chosen to join a community that wants to make educational computing affordable for all. If you don't want to learn or can't accept the nature of Pi, drop me a PM and I'll buy yours off you for the price you paid and find a good home for it.