I was really about to buy one but it got out of stock instantly in the 4 suppliers I know of.
Then I was thinking and it will cost me 80 GBP + case (10) + power supply (8) + memory card (20) + ssd (50) + learning curve on how to setup everything... it means it will be probably around 150 GBP for all the equipment necessary and for that money I can buy a used NUC with an i3 or even a small celeron which should be more capable than the Pi (and future proof)... and can always be used for Windows :S
I think I'll just keep an eye on second hand NUC deals...
Backported is a misnomer, stuff just has to be compiled for that arch and platform. But yeah the arch for Pi4 is arm64. Linux has a variety of niches and arm64 Linux is even nichier.
If you want to be able to leverage the most common software and how-to guides, you need to run the most common os and arch.
If in doubt, go NUC/amd64.
So i saw this was officially released today. Same cpu and everything but with the added ram im wondering if the added performance may yeildbbetter results for my modded cab. It is 75 dollars vs the 45 i paid for my 2gb model. You guys think i should give this a run or juat wait and find a cheap pc to throw in my cab? Im trying to run some light games in it and have yet to get them to run properly. I'm hoping to get time crisis and House of the dead to run. I haven't had any luck getting any dreamcast stuff to work either. Let me know what you all think?
If you put your number crunching cycles on another machine with ssh, mosh, RDP, or a browser-based IDE like a Jupyter notebook, R Studio, or [code-server](https://github.com/cdr/code-server), it's totally doable. Things like multimedia playback or GIMP or Libreoffice should work fine.
This is great. A 64 bit OS was also announced to go with the 8 GB RAM Pi. In addition, the Pi 4 is now USB bootable. These three things put together make this new Pi super attractive. I have always been very hesitant to use the Pi for anything other than testing but all of these new features are making me reconsider.
For perspective this means you can build an RPi cluster with 16 physical cores and 32GB RAM for $300, which starts getting competitive with used servers on eBay on raw cost, let alone power consumption or physical space required.
As a professional sysadmin and network engineer I laugh at all those idiots in r/homelab who brag about their bug stacks of huge old loud hot servers in their homes but mostly ain't got a clue what to do with them. My "servers" are all tiny fanless NUC-type boxes.
These new 8GB Pis look pretty awesome for that kind of thing.