Returning to the monkey house raspberry pi adventure (my blog) and having cased it it was time to do something with it.
Having bought a larger memory card of 32gb I had some dd fun writing to an microsd card but soon got something that booted.
Networking was a bit weird using /etc/dhcpd.conf opposed to interfaces or whatever shit systemd networking (my blog) is doing these days. I hate systemd anyhow
The monkey house uses the pi as a headless server for a couple of tasks and so far it is manageable if a little slow and short on resources once the mouse keyboard and hdmi (my blog) screen are unplugged. I was able to watch guinea pig (my blog) videos on youtube before i wiped one card and made my new one raspberian.
It also powers a switch (my blog( and a iot heating controller via usb (saving two electrical plugs in the process). It is not idle.
Raspberian (once secured) feels a lot like debian and a point release behind debian so 9.4 means your be running 9.3 on the pi which is not a problem.
Returning back to networking i got pissed off with dhcpd.conf since that can only do one ip and as ours has two wired ethernet ports (real ones, not virtual) meant i got one or another address neither both. The person responsible for raspberian networking ought to hung drawn and quartered for that suggestion.
I think that these things have a future and might be the way pc’s go. Granted it needs more memory and better standard components but it was quite a nice desktop if not one suitable for famous computer games.as hdmi does video and audio. so it certainly competes with android and much cheaper.
How long it lasts, or the long viability of microsd will be an interesting experiment. Although it looks like DO NOT USE KINGSTON BRAND SD CARDS is good advice and a tale for another day.