I threatened my desktop computers with a replacement some time back and the other day I finally pushed through my cart and ordered a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ from Vilros (that’s an Amazon UK link, so it may or may not be useful to you).
I’m not going to bore you with the setup details right now. But I do have it running as a tiny development machine. I named it McFlurry as a nod to the beloved McDonald’s corporation and the strange device naming habit I picked up after getting my first iPhone: everything is named McSomething. For example, I have an iPhone X (McPhone), an iPad Pro (McTablet Pro), a Mac Mini (McMini), a pair of AirPods (McNuggets, my personal favourite) and finally this little Linux computer (McFlurry).
McFlurry is currently running the most recent build of Manjaro-Arm, which is an Arch Linux based distribution, running i3 as a desktop environment. (Here’s an example to help you understand how it works: fill the screen and split all available space between open windows.) There is a lot of software I am still ironing out and perhaps, I'll share some of that with you in the future, but for now I’m mostly focused on tightening up my Neovim configuration and my development workflow.
As a new computer parent, I just couldn’t resist a family update. If you’re on the fence about picking up one of these little beasts, I’d say don’t, unless you’re willing to lose all your spare time goofing around with computers. 12 year-old inner me is having a blast.