Let compare it with the new Ipad, want to bet everyone who wants one at launch is going to get one on day one. Now if Apple (with its billions) can not do that why do people expect the Raspberry Pi Foundation to be able to so?
For what it"s worth, and at risk of stigmatising myself in some people"s view, I had been looking forward to the iPad 3 for some time, and while following the live blogging I soon made my mind up to upgrade (from 1st gen, that is).
The UK store was down until near midnight (launch event wrapped up about 19:30). When it did come up, it took about 20+ attempts to take an order from basket to successfully processed without hitting "Oops, something has gone wrong!" at various stages through the order, terminating the session and requiring re-entry of various purchasing details. It was past 01:00 before I succeeded.
If even Apple can"t gracefully handle post-midnight demands for a given region, I can"t imagine any site handling the level of interest the Raspi has earned worldwide.
I understand why some feel that they were lied to or misled, but reckon it"s utterly clear that the Foundation"s hands were tied by legal (and, in the question of e-mail notifications, technical) obligations, and that they hated this fact far more than any of us on the outside did. And as someone more interested in learning lessons than allocating blame, I see the whole switch to licensed manufacture as absolutely the best solution to the issues involved with the batched model, and one that will get the thing in people"s hands far quicker than if they"d stuck with the original plan of manufacture. Surely that"s more valuable than holding onto plan A at any cost, just to avoid invalidating previous status updates?