The first non alpha/beta batch person i've seen post about their experiences has posted on the RS developer site designspark under the headline "Raspberry Pi: By a non-expert in Linux" - whats a bit concerning (apart from the fact he can't get past the login screen!) is the comment he makes which is..
I can confirm that things seem very slow: it can't even keep up with relative slow keyboard input.
I know many feel that the GPU is the real killer part of the Pi.. but this is a bit worrying for those assuming they'd be able to actually use it for more than running custom code that controls hardware via GPIO, or running GPU accelerated stuff.
Or is it just that he's not got far enough yet?
(source : http://www.designspark.com/con.....pert-linux
If the person can't get past the login screen, how do they know how slow of fast the Pi is?
The Pi should run at about the speed of a Chinese ePad or better, depending on the screen resolution you are using. Just remember, the higher the resolution, the more processing it requires. If you use a small screen like that of a smartphone, then the Pi should give you at least the performance of the smartphone.
But it is NOT going to perform even as well as a 10" netbook with an Intel Atom 1.6ghz processor. It isn't meant to. But when all is said, it should perform well enough to process streaming video from sites like uTube. What more do you expect from a $35 board?18