Replace XP with a Pi

Longish read about a company that replaced their ageing computer feet of Windows XP with Raspberry Pi’s.

A few takeaways;

  • They say they like the reduced cable management of the Pi over a standard PC.
  • They use touch screens rather than a keyboard and mouse.
  • Updates are quicker and require less downtime.
  • They are cheap.
  • They write the software that runs on them, so there is little staff training.
  • I don’t want to rain on his parade, but to me, he could have done it just as quick and easy with a tablet. Android or iOS.
    In due course I suspect they will be having issues with the SD card that is the Pi’s hard drive equivalent. For some reason they just corrupt and die.
    You are a whole lot less likely to get that issue with a tablet.

    All that aside. I think it was cool that a company is using a Pi to replace a PC in a production environment.
    (I just don’t think – once again – that a Pi is the right solution for that problem).