Is it possible to run other processes such as scratch 3 or python compilations simultaneously as long as they don’t consume too many CPU cycles. In other words, can the raspberry pi support not only the “shake” hardware but also other processes - or is it pretty much dedicated to running the “shake” hardware?
Yes, you can run other processes like Python, use the “top” command to see the performance, see: 20 Command Line Tools to Monitor Linux Performance
Also see: Developer’s corner — Instructions on Setting Up Your Raspberry Shake
The official recommendation is to not run other programs together with the ones that are already executed on the Shake.
However, as ruudvdp and other users have successfuly proved, some lighter programs can run without issues since thei do not “steal” too much of the remaining CPU/RAM of the Pi board.
We always encourage our community to try and try and try new things, who knows what will come out of it? If you make any progress, or develop something that could be useful to others, feel free to present and share it here on the forum!