My 256MB Model B Raspberry PI failed a few months ago while I was at university, I don't think it liked being shut away in my box of cables.
I am going to buy a new PI for some projects I have in mind to do with the rest of my summer. I am wondering what the desktop performance is like with the newer 512MB PI's.
I remember my 256MB Pi was rather clunky / laggy with general desktop performance, moving windows about the screen etc, even with just a text editor open. I remember the web browser being another program which made the desktop lag and CPU rise to 100% nearly all of the time. I was using Hardfloat Debian by the way.
Im guessing this was due to the shortage of ram, and the PI having to write to the SD card continuously to the swap space.
Are the newer 512MB PI's significantly different? I don't actually require desktop performance for my embedded projects. They will run from the command line anyway. I only need access to the IO. Anyone got any experience of using the older 256MB model and the 512MB version? If so I'd like to hear what you think about performance differences.
You can relate this to general performance, eg if you wrote some programs yourself in C/C++, if you like.