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* The CPU in the Raspberry Pi implements the ARMv6 ISA and is thus incompatible with the Debian armhf port (and ARM hardware floating-point ports for other distributions), which means that floating-point tasks will be slow when running the Debian armel port.
* The Raspberry Pi boots from its GPU and only non-free software is currently available for the GPU, even starting the machine requires a large blob of non-free, unsupportable software.
* The 3D driver for the Raspberry Pi, while free software, is just a shim that passes OpenGL commands directly to the non-free software running on the GPU. This means that any issues with OpenGL cannot be fixed nor performance improved.
* The Raspberry Pi has been hyped as an educational device but [[http://whitequark.org/blog/2012/09/25/why-raspberry-pi-is-unsuitable-for-education/|is not fit for that purpose]].
* <insert more issues>
 * The CPU in the Raspberry Pi implements the ARMv6 ISA and is thus incompatible with the Debian armhf port (and ARM hardware floating-point ports for other distributions), which means that floating-point tasks will be slow when running the Debian armel port.
 * The Raspberry Pi boots from its GPU and only non-free software is currently available for the GPU, even starting the machine requires a large blob of non-free, unsupportable software.
 * The 3D driver for the Raspberry Pi, while free software, is just a shim that passes OpenGL commands directly to the non-free software running on the GPU. This means that any issues with OpenGL cannot be fixed nor performance improved.
 * The Raspberry Pi has been hyped as an educational device but [[http://whitequark.org/blog/2012/09/25/why-raspberry-pi-is-unsuitable-for-education/|is not fit for that purpose]].
 * <insert more issues>

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The Raspberry Pi is a device with several issues that we recommend you do not buy. Instead, please consider one of these devices:

The Raspberry Pi issues include issues related to technical problems, software freedom and hype:

  • The CPU in the Raspberry Pi implements the ARMv6 ISA and is thus incompatible with the Debian armhf port (and ARM hardware floating-point ports for other distributions), which means that floating-point tasks will be slow when running the Debian armel port.
  • The Raspberry Pi boots from its GPU and only non-free software is currently available for the GPU, even starting the machine requires a large blob of non-free, unsupportable software.
  • The 3D driver for the Raspberry Pi, while free software, is just a shim that passes OpenGL commands directly to the non-free software running on the GPU. This means that any issues with OpenGL cannot be fixed nor performance improved.
  • The Raspberry Pi has been hyped as an educational device but is not fit for that purpose.

  • <insert more issues>

If you have already bought a Raspberry Pi and still want to use it, we suggest that you run ?http://www.raspbian.org/ armhf on it rather than Debian armel. Raspbian armhf is a recompilation of Debian armhf that is compatible with the Raspberry Pi CPU.