Downloaded small footprint Minibian and Used Win 32 Disk Imager to put it onto an SD card. Realized that the device had to be registered for the network. Eeehk. Ok, it boots at least.
Apparently it is quite possible to control an Arduino board from a RPI. This way one can use python rather than quasi-c to program the interaction.
It goes something like ez_setup.py, pyserial, arduino, nanpy and then creating a nanpy_test.py file containing “from nanpy import arduino” etc.
Now all the goodies that comes with arduino is accessable through the PRI.