I know I've backdated this post, but it is to mark the moment in history - I'll give the Pi one final good luck reboot and it is ready to go with the aim of surviving a whole year of uptime.
For many years I've been wanting more functionality from my paid hosting company but being too tight to fork out the hundreds of pounds a year it would cost as I wasn't quite sure if I'd actually get my monies worth out of it.
I've been keeping an eye on the Raspberry Pi project for a few years now, I even had an invite to buy one from the very early batches however I really wasn't sure I'd ever put it to good use. As time has gone on and my skills have improved as I dabble ever more with WAMP, I decided to take the plunge.
At only £30 with a bundled case from ebay it couldn't have been cheaper. A couple of days and a few internet tutorials later and I'm in business.
It is said that the Pi is great for kids and newbs, however you've got to take that with a pich of salt. Complete beginners might have a tricky time with the various processes and while it is true you can have its running as a webserver in no time, actually implementing it running your own site is a fair bit trickier.
What you get with the Pi initially is very minimal - just a circuit board! So you will have to invest or scrounge a couple of things to get you started: