The OS also includes a program to help write and compile software in the Python programming language.
The IDLE integrated development environment (IDE) for Python booted up reasonably quickly and was able to compile the program above, the game Four in a Row, in about 25 seconds.
With a bit of tweaking it should be possible to set up the Pi to boot straight into a Python IDE, so programmers can crack on with coding immediately.
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.