Originally Posted by AphexDeuce
It could run xp, it'd be slow though I'd say. Was working on a really old machine recently with ~ the same specs as this thing & it was vv slow.
If windows wanted to get in on this though they could make a micro windows like linux but it'd have to be free lol & we all know m$
It's ARM based, so it couldn't possibly run XP or any other piece of x86 software. It could potentially run Win8 ARM, i suppose, but I'm pretty sure they couldn't do it unsanctioned by microsoft.
This runs Linux.
I'm going to pick one or two up as mediaPCs. They support full 1080p h.264 decoding and have HDMI output, plus ethernet on the model B. They use under 5W of power, which is so absurdly efficient that you can run it off batteries.
As far as use, it is incredibly useful for education. A programming class can require purchase of a Raspberry Pi for the semester, and ensure that every student has an identical development environment that they can take home with them.
A wedding photographer showing a slideshow of his work doesn't have to worry about leaving his expensive laptop sitting out and running all night while he runs around.
A parent that is worried about their kid messing up a computer can give them a raspberry pi instead. If they start up a romantic relationship with an 80 year old man online, you can literally just pocket their computer and ensure they can't use it when you aren't paying attention.