Hello JamesT, you say the numbers are rather good so *you know* , but can you give *us* your rough estimates or are you not allowed to? This really feels a bit strange to me, especially the pseudo-democratic argument that 99.9999% of the people don't need them, don't want them, don't care. So let's educate them, isn't this also the idea of the whole project? In order that they/we can better decide about their/our computing needs and what to buy. Of course one can always try for $35, but this is also an investment of time and brain, a commitment not only to the money. Also, I don't want more toys I can't use in the end, my place is full of them. Think of the environment, too. It's almost like saying, don't look into the horses mouth, it's a present. You want happy customers, no? There should be informed choices, also for a 13-year old. Let's educate them how to become responsible buyers and not just go mad for any currently hip gadget.
There is just no sane reason not to give us your numbers or even well-informed guesses, except a signed NDA. Sigh.
This is all said, I think it is a great project, and a great thing in general that computers are getting affordable for almost everyone now. Power to the people! And with Linux!! And also the Raspberry Pi won't be alone in its league for long. I am looking forward to a move by the Texas Instruments department, they got out a $5 SoC with comparable processing and graphics power already.. it's just a decision by management to go this way, and given the press and traction the Pi is getting just now, for me it is higly probable there will be a response very soon. You may have a head start of, like, half a year. I am curious. Interesting times.
All the best, Marcus