Setting it up was not so straightforward:
- pushing the operating system ISO to the SD card was not so easy with MS Windows
- I had no USB keyboard at home
- I have no HDMI-capable screen, at home
- I had no DHCP-enabled network to connect it to
At home I used the composite video out to test how functional it can be, but the result is not encouraging. Both childsplay and gcompris require a minimum screen resolution that is larger than what is available on TVout, while they run OK on the existing home computer + LCD screen.
On the other hand it may work as a digital media center with OpenELEC, but I haven't had the time to test it in the real world. But I can imagine the burden of wires around/behind the TV if an external hard-disk is added, then a USB-to-WiFi adapter, a powered USB hub ... not charming at all!
My RasPi test drive impressions are that it has enough computing power to do interesting things, with an excellent performance/price ratio. I am a bit skeptical about its usefulness in bringing youngsters closer to in-depth computer science and programming. And I doubt I will have much use for it. :-(