I set it up at work. Was good and didn't get too distracted, but I did load up Debian and have a play. It's not quick for sure - loading Incentivated's website took about 30 s, and the CPU was at 100 % for most of that time, but that's to be expected I guess.
After a while I tried out the Arch Linux Arm version, which doesn't by default have a GUI, but seems pretty nice. I'm going to stick with that for now.
Now I've got it home, I've got it running on my desk with Arch Linux, bought an HDMI-DVI adaptor and a cheap HDMI cable, which works fine.
I've rebuild the Arch Linux image with larger partitions - I was lazy and did it with a VM running Ubuntu and gparted - 6 Gb root partition, and the rest of the 16 Gb card as data (I'll be symlinking /home and /var).
I've been brainstorming things to do with it. Ideas so far include:
- Fishtank automation (Temperature, pH, salinity measurements, light & heater controls)
- Media centre - somehow - more on this later - I have an awesome idea :)
- Time machine / backup for my life (in other words, my Macbook Pro)
- Random web console for when I need such a thing and my laptop is elsewhere - I think I'm going to buy one just for this purpose anyway
Anyway, enough talking, back to some doing! I'll post more here about the media centre idea soon.