richardp wrote:As James has stated several times that the documentation is coming soon; this is good progress - but until then, the Pi is NOT ANYWHERE NEAR the maturity that a Commodore64/ZX Spectrum was 30 years ago. Time will get it there, but keep in mind that Sinclar and C= could not release firmware updates after the release of the product. It just worked!
I'd say it was more mature than the C64, Spectrum, BBC etc... It's got a robust multi tasking OS, with a vast software base for starters. Which is more than the BBC and Spectrum had on startup, or indeed, ever. What it doesn't have it the comprehensive very basic documentation those devices had. Yet. But even the BBC micro needed an advanced user guide eventually, and many books were released for the those old computers over time, so there were holes even there. I remember having to figure out how a byte of video memory in 16 colour mode on the BBC was represented on screen as it wasn't in the documentation. Also worth remembering that those machines had the backing of huge companies behind them to produce all this documentation. The Raspi foundation doesn't yet have that benefit.