Terratic wrote:Maybe I'm looking at it all wrong.
Should I feel bad for using this thing as a home theater PC?
RPF actually did a great job!
First pis were already very popular, but now with pi2b, which is a little MONSTER, the success is huge.
RPF actually built a very powerful community around the pi, starting from very skilled engineers who design and support the project.
I think that the popularity of pi(e)s amongst all kinds of hackers and tinkerers helps the project.
Sales help with funding and developing new targeted educational projects.
And all the experienced people I've seen on this forum help the newbies to solve problems and share their experience with them.
There are a lot of pi related projects.
How many pi targeted OS do we have ? - Quite a bunch.
And who writes or adapts the software packages to run on the pi ? - Experienced developers, who love their pi(e)s.
And so on.
Feeling bad about using pi as a media center?
I'll talk a little about my own project which I have not published yet.
I'm an old sysadmin with years of *nix experience on x86 machines.
The goal for buying my first pi was to learn about ARM platform, cross compilation, software integration and internals of gnu/linux OS.
I tried and succeded in building my own fully cross compiled OS from sources.
There was a secondary goal: this OS of mine should be able to work as a media center, actually the OS itself was designed to be just a platform providing necessary underlying bits for Kodi(xbmc).
So in my case the foundation's goal of creating an educational platform was met - I actually learned a whole lot and the more I learn - the more I want to.
RPF is making something very nice for all interested people, not just the kids and I wish them success in all their current and future projects.