I replaced my MacBook Pro with a Raspberry Pi 4 8GB for a Day #PiDay #RaspBerryPi #Mac @Raspberry_Pi @geerlingguy
Jeff Geerling decided to go all-in and spend one entire day working entirely (or at least as much as possible) from a Raspberry Pi.
And not just doing some remote coding sessions or writing a blog post—that’s easy to do on a Chromebook, a tablet, or any cheap old laptop—but trying to do all the things I do in a given day, like:
Browse Twitter using a dedicated app
Use Slack (you laugh, but Slack uses more memory than most of the other apps I’m running at any given time—combined!)
Record and edit clips of audio and video
Work on some infrastructure automation with Docker, Ansible, and Kubernetes
In summary, would he recommend the Pi 4 as a worthy general computer for anyone? no. Would he recommend it as a worthy general computer for a certain subset of computer users. Definitely yes!
If your use of the computer is more oriented towards the browser, a code editor, and the command line (e.g. backend web development, infrastructure development, writing/blogging, and the like), the Pi is perfectly adequate, and with 8GB of RAM, Chromium runs just fine, even if you have a bunch of tabs open.
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