W. H. Heydt wrote:It is also worth noting that the most recent updates of Raspbian are running a 4.9 kernel. Compare that to the kernels being run on many of the copycat boards. Raspbian (and the Pi generally) are staying much closer to actual Linux releases than the OSes for other boards.
Yep, I can second every single word.
I do own a bunch of pi-like smelly boards, and while their hardware is superior (depends on board tho) to pi3, software support usually stays behind by a lot.
Eg I have a board which is very very nice hardware-wise, but their kernel is outdated (3.14) buggy crap...
In terms of skilled engineers supporting the product and community pi's are unbeatable.
Running a 4.9 kernel?
Nah, my pis been running 4.10.x nice and stable, but guess what - on the weekend kernel 4.11 was released and it's already available on https://github.com/raspberrypi/linux/tree/rpi-4.11.y
with all the pi specific bells and whistles ... I don't know of any other vendor who does that ...