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I am curious about how powerful the Raspberry Pi is. For the price it is quite cheap. However I want to know if it is up to the task of:

  • Basic email
  • Google docs
  • Youtube
  • Running Steam (linux) on the default ARM linux installation.

Can someone who has the Rasp Pi comment?

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Its highly unlikely Steam runs on the ARM port of Linux. Its also unlikely that Raspberry Pi has the graphical abilities to even run Team Fortress 2. – Ramhound Apr 11 '13 at 15:38
R.pi questions are on topic for Super User – Sathya Apr 11 '13 at 15:44
put android on it. – dashboard Apr 11 '13 at 16:04
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Basic Email: Yes (though browser load is slow)

Google Docs: Yes (though browser load is slow)

Youtube: Kindof, but I wouldn't suggest it often

Any Actual Games: No, unless you can compile Steam from Source, I don't think it supports ARM. Snake would work fine...

The Raspberry Pi isn't really fit for use as a computer for those used to decent performance, it's good for embedded/dedicated applications or to get low cost computers into cultures that cannot really afford computers.

The idea is to get a start of familiarity and some programming experience, very basic computer functions. But just loading the web browser is fairly slow.

Edit 3/17/16:

After a few years and a few iterations, it has become more of a reasonable computer. It can now run minecraft (skimmed down a little I believe) and a few other games and such much better, which has also brought up the performance of the other basic usage elements. I am not sure I would make it a primary computer, but it's definitely much better now than my original post.

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