Have you taken that job at Cubieboard?
Dear reader, the above list of issues may seem a disaster, but it isn't. Most people see few if any of the issues above, and many of them are actively being worked on to improve the situation. Saying just one employee does not really cover the work being done.
obcd, please give it a rest. If this were product forum for almost anything else that post would have been immediately deleted. Next one like it will be.
Come on James, the appraisal by obcd was pretty accurate and fair . Does your job at Broadcom depend on wringing every last sale out of the Pi ?
You've been on my case for perhaps overdwelling on some of the Pi's issues (USB). I'm still here because I give out some useful advice (I have it on good authority) ,does obcd fall into that category as well ?
The Pi has faults, but it didn't stop me buying 3 of 'em and I'll be first in line for an 'A' and a camera module when they become available.
If your job is on the line, then you have a case and I'm out of line, but I think you should declare it.
It wasn't an appraisal, it was an assassination job. He made no effort to put any good points in his list, and some of his points are wrong or out of date anyway.
So I'll do it since its 11.20pm, and I'm still in the office waiting for customers to phone.
It doesn't need an extremely accurate voltage supply - it needs an adequate one.
When the voltage between tp1/2 drops below 4.85v the device stops working. Yes, because you are not giving it enough power - why is that an issue? It's statement, a bit like saying "My car bloody well stopped. Just because I haven't got any petrol in it. It's an outrage I tell you"
Yes, webcams are problematic - I agree with that one. USB fixes on the way we hope.
FTSI chipsets - see the thread, but getting much better.
Keyboards do not attempt to lose characters. With the right settings they mostly work fine,
The usb port supply pins are directly connected to the 5V supply. - and what, pray, is the problem with that - again a simple statement of fact made to look like its a real problem.
Hotpluggin can cause problems -agreed
The Foundation has ALWAYS, from before release, stated that the analog audio out is a bit pants. It was never meant to be high quality. Sorry.
"The os normaly boots from an sd card. This requires to always properly shutdown the system, as the sd card background wear levelling algoritms can corrupt the sd card when power is removed during a write operation to the card. Making the root fs read only might prevent such writes. Most oses also use a swap file. Due to the limited write cycles of sd card flash technology, this might shorten the sd card life." No empirical evidence that this is the case at all. I've never had problems with SD cards, asnfd I've never shut the thing down properly. Most people will never see a problem with wearing them out.
"The system comes without real time clock and requires synchronisation with a time server to acquire the correct time. " Well, duh! That's just a statement of fact designed to make the product look bad
We have our own distro. The fact that other distro's don't support Armv6 is completely irrelevant. There is one for the Raspi, and it works fine.
See teh_orphs thread about GPU accleration for X - currently in testing.
Foundation having one employee is again irrelevent - people ARE working on fixing stuff, and ARE improving things all the time - X and USB are cases in point.
"They already sold approx 1000000 pieces, so it looks like for most people those minor issues are not a problem." TRUE!!
Hmm. That wasted 10 minutes. Still no customer call. Think I might bunk back to the hotel.
Unemployed software engineer currently specialising in camera drivers and frameworks, but can put mind to most embedded tasks. Got a job in N.Cambridge or surroundings? I'm interested!