It is not for the distributors to decide to make the Alpha boards, it is for the Foundation to decide if they want to make them available.
I do not think he intends for them to do so without proper licensing.
The ALPHA would cost a fair bit more than the RPi, since it is designed as a proper development board
I agree it probably would and demand for it will not reach the level of the production boards.
The alpha board is a Broadcom design, not a Foundation design, so that might be a problem. It"s also quite a lot more expensive, as it"s larger, with more components. GPIO plug doesn"t match the release board.
Agreed this could be a problem.
Lob0426, in answer to all your questions you need to ask yourself "does it serve the actual aim of the foundation to do this?".
It doesn"t matter that :
You want to pay more for X, Y and Z
You want more GPIO
You want a wider input voltage
You want 6v to 20v when 99% of the target audience have got a 5v supply
I think the answer is Yes if you read his entire post.
The current releases are aimed at the hackers/hobbyist and that is supported in many articles and reviews that Eben has posted and been videoed and on YouTube.
hackers/hobbyist are not their goal but the current target is us and that is why they selected RS and Farnell is to get back to their goal of getting these to schools not developing and producing hardware, The RPF will I think always be involved in the process but I think they are trying to move the logistics of the hardware out of their way and get back to what their real goal is and that was teaching the children to create with a computers not just be a consumers of computers.
RPF needed a cheaper platform to attain their goal, so they were (forced) into developing a platform.
I think Gert"s post confirms a demand for the Alpha board not sure he agrees or disagrees.
In short would the RPF agree to licensing if there was a demand and would that demand be large enough to be worth RS or Farnell to produce the board and would that price be any cheaper than current boards available.
My answer is that Farnell sells the beagleboards/beaglebone for more than most other companies, And RPF is not going to spend any substantial amount of dickering on the price of a board that they have already bypassed, and would RPF have the rights to License the Alpha board since it is a Broadcom design, Yes is going to cost more.
Yes I would be interested in one if they ever became available.
If you are more worried about ,spelling, punctuation or grammar you have probably already missed the point so please just move on.