Open Source

Raspberry Pi review

The Pi's Debian Squeeze OS includes Midori, a lightweight web browser capable of loading most sites I tried.

The browser's performance is perfectly acceptable for most web pages. It loads sites light on graphics and JavaScript, such as Raspberrypi.org and Stack Overflow, in five seconds or less and lets you browse them without a hitch. More demanding sites, such as the BBC News page, take longer to load - about 10 seconds but are still browsable with only a very slight lag.

However, graphically-rich sites or those with sophisticated user interfaces - such as YouTube and Twitter - took just under 15 seconds to load and lagged when browsed.

The browser supports multiple tabs and I noticed hardly any slowdown in page load times or browsing speeds after opening six tabs displaying BBC News.

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Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.