First of all, I do need to tell you that I am a newbie in the unix world. Mostly I work in the MS world and PowerShell, since my workplace only allows Windows based software
Regarding the Pi, it really depends on your needs. I use my Pi’s for home-media-center, and to surveil my dog when I’m not at home. There are many distro’s for both. I like the ‘motionpi’ distro for the surveillance, and OSMC (OpenSourceMediaCenter) for obviously the media center. I like the Pi’s because there are no moving parts and therefor no noise (hate noise
, minimal power consumption. Word of advice for the webcams. There are a lot of them out there, and many are just bad quality. I went through 3 different before I figured out I shouldn’t save money on them, especially if you want to use them in semi-dark conditions.
In my opinion you should only buy the Pi3 for starters. It’s the fastest with 1.2 Mhz CPU and you probably have several microUSB cables, USB adapters, HDMi cables and MicroSD cards (should be at least a class 10) cards laying around like me. No need for the wifi adapter either. There is no need to buy a kit from the beginning if it’s just for testing and discovery. Afterwards when you figure out what you want to use them for, you can always buy more stuff
The reason I think we need the a UBST distro for the Pi, is that so many schools and university’s use the Pi for teaching programming, and just to open up the minds of young people. I think uberStudent would fit perfectly in that context.
I hope you could use my point of view, and if you have any more questions, just shoot.....