The Raspberry Pi is awesome. Less than £30 nabs you a pocket computer to do your worst with, but it’s not quite lightning quick, at least when trying to browse the web. That’s about to change though, as its default recommended OS has gotten a massive kick in the pants for more speed.
Basically, the Foundation has been working hard to optimise its Debian linux distro ”Raspbian” for the Pi, and this is the result. Much faster web browsing is top of the change list, with it now taking full advantage of the built-in floating-point hardware on the naked board. It’s also got tweaks and optimisations all over the place in firmware, the kernel, and the bundled applications, which is great news for anyone using the Raspberry Pi as more of a traditional computer.