So.. I have had a Raspberry Pi for a little while – I tried OpenElec and Raspbmc and they were OK but didn’t blow me away enough to warrant replacing my PC running XBMC.  So I decided to use the Pi as a backup to my SheevaPlug home server running Debian and doing the simple task of email (Postfix, ASSP, Courier), web (Apache and MySQL), file serving (Samba), Zabbix (simple monitoring of remote VPS), Bind as its main functions.  The SheevaPlug has performed flawlessly in this regard for a good few years and hasn’t given any sign of failing, but I thought I would set up a Pi which could sync everything over on a regular basis, so I started to investigate how they compare performance wise.  Here is the low down of the SheevaPlug vs Raspberry Pi:

One thing to bear in mind for this comparison – the Raspberry Pi has nothing but plain Debian loaded, where as the SheevaPlug is running the services mentioned above, so although I stopped samba, I left Apache/MySQL etc still running, so this is by no means a fair or accurate test.


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