What ever they need to do to ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible is fine by me, more than willing to wait if required. I would rather get one in a few months than for the project to be at any serious risk, not only because it would mean there\'d be none, but the project deserves success.
It\'s no light operation though, 10k of parts represents a heck of a lot of money on the line, but it is clear that they do know a lot about producing such products and the business side so they will do what they need to do to ensure that there is the highest chance of success.
It is clear they are extremely passionate about this and are just as keen to get as many out to developers as soon as they are able to. Many companies in such a position would be spending months product testing even with the final design and you\'d be looking at 3rd quarter before you\'d see anything and only then they would kick off with full-scale production runs. Hopefully we will get the best of both as developers.
We may think the demand is high (our personal demand is I know) and chances are the 1st batch will sell quickly, but the limit on the 1st batch is probably a very careful balance between available funds, risk of paper-weights and returns, debugging of production issues, how many they would actually sell (ok, that probably not an issue IMHO) verses
the clear want of the developers and the obvious benefits of getting as many as possible out into the world.
It would probably be less risky for even small batches and a longer period between runs, but I\'m glad that\'s not the case for obvious selfish reasons. Fingers crossed, the 1st 10k will get the green-light from everyone and they can produce them as fast as they need.
^^Of course, I am no expert.
My post which puts it into scale...856 meters of r-pi!
http://www.raspberrypi.org/forum?mingle ... c&t=1134.2