(moody photo of Eben taken by yours truly)
And directly from the article in question: "This project came out of several of us who work out of the missions at the University of Cambridge"
Yeah saw that too. Sainthood coming their way for their work in the missions.
Found our first public detractor, while i wanted to argue with him, as I was sure someone had officially compared performance to a SGS2 but i didn't want to harp on too much without being fully informed.
I guess some of it is fair point, but they are missing some of the key aspects...
1) You can't go soldering parts/plugging components into breadboards on their consoles/phones/home pc's because they are all mission critical and expensive. There are not many main stream devices which allow you the low level access to hardware pins, while simultaneously giving you the resources to research/develop/code on the same device all in one package at such a low price.
2) It is no less ready to run, than android or windows or ubuntu...just pick an image with the stuff you want on. Granted, the images may not be there yet, but it's a small matter of time before they will.
3) The Gertboard isn't essential for expansion, just a nice to have (just like the many Arduino shields).
4) Why have an app store (if we do get one)...well it is pointless reinventing the wheel that's why! That way you can code new and interesting stuff on top of what is there...
5) Ok, the whine about not having kid friendly software and resources ready to run...well you kind of need hardware for that...and people to do it. I guess the foundation could wait 6 months after having hardware ready, hold on to it and write it themselves...ONLY then release the hardware "or" they can do what they are doing now, which is release it and let the community develop these things (and let us use the hardware well in advance). We've already seen some excellent examples even without actual hardware to use!
6) We are short of software for programming...no...not at all, there is tons for all levels. Also other groups are covering that...KidsRuby, Qt and the like, as well as Stencyl and concepts like PictureScript. I think they are lacking the bigger picture which the foundation see, when they've talked to the groups involved. Yes, you can program your phone, perhaps even your console, and your PC, but you have to install lots of software (and in some cases risk breaking things) to do so. With the R-Pi, pick up a pre-configured image load it onto a spare SD card and go...if you don't like it, swap your SD card back and try something else.
But hey, I'm a fan so I'm a "little" bias.