Quote from hippy on October 10, 2011, 12:25
That completely reflects my own experience with embedded Linux and trying to use commercial products in a way not originally intended. The manufacturers aren't interested, those who understand the product are few and far between and don't have the time nor inclination to lead newbies by the hand, and I don't have enough experience to understand or do whatever needs to be done.
Indeed. The problem lies in that it's this way with more than Linux- it's just that you can lay hands on Linux stuff much easier and it's easy to get off into a space of this nature...
You are either running with the experts and experienced or you're on the sidelines trying to figure out how to join the race. It is easy to end up frustrated, disheartened and walking away.
Heh... In truth, it's easier to get "running with the experts" with Linux than many of the other embedded solutions out there. Imagine, if you will, someone trying to do it, never having done work with any of the embedded tools and blindly feeling your way through doing the very first steps on the Linux side of the story. I managed that.
With the R-Pi it should hopefully be very different. The platform is open, will become more ubiquitous, has 'learning' at its heart and a strong and diverse community will help lead people to their goals no matter what their previous experience.
It's my hope. Biggest problem is that much of the embedded space is this way, by rote, no matter what OS you're talking about there. Having something that tends to make it less by rote by it's very nature and ability to allow people to just simply tinker...well...
The impossibility of permanently bricking the R-Pi cannot be underestimated as an enabler for experimentation and, if one does destroy an R-Pi, it's a fairly small cost to replace it.
It's a compelling story to say the least. Bricking a 5-10k development board's a big, painful prospect- so you tend to not go where angels fear to tread unless you can replace it AND you're one of the experts in the field. All but unbrickable and $25-35US? You'll do all sorts of things, really.