Indeed.W. H. Heydt wrote: ↑Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:33 pmGoing back to the thread title, I submit that the RPF *does* make an "enthusiasts" Pi product, several of them, in fact. This is not because the RPF *intended* to feed that particular market segment, but because enthusiasts fell all over the Pi even before the initial release. this was--I think--because the price and performance made it usable for a great many projects, even if not ideal in all cases. The result is this very enthusiastic community that does the bulk of the support work for the Pi and allowing the staff of the RPF to do needed hardware and software development while pursuing the educational goals of the foundation.
tl;dr... The Pi is an accidental enthusiasts board.
Also worth noting that the RPF Trading subsidiary, for whom I work, are not solely dedicated to making an educational device. We want to make devices that sell by the millions (so far, so good), so the *profits* can go to the educational side. This is actually a better approach, because as long as we keep to the price points, the educational side massively benefits from the profits, AS well as the cheap devices.