Licensed manufacturing is the only practical way to meet demand and the Foundation had recognised that.
The execution of the launch and appointing licensees could have been better, it does seem to have been rushed without enough time given to iron out problems which could be predicted to arise, but we need to put that behind us and make what we now have work smoothly.
There were always going to be issues with ramping up supply to meet demand and there's now an infrastructure in place to provide that. Problems we see now should be resolved soon, or resolve themselves, and in a few months R-Pi should become like any other component RS and Farnell stock; go to the site, find it, order it, have it delivered. If on back order they'll be delivered as soon as stock is received.
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Yes with hindsight, the Foundation could probably have done things differently in the way the launch was announced, but I very much doubt it would have had any effect on the lead times that Farnell are quoting…
Indeed, all it would have achieved is a launch in May, with probably even less chance of getting a unit. At some point you just have to go for it and see where the chips fall, if you take too long the window of opportunity will close on you before you've had a chance.
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