nick_theboatman wrote:I just sent this mail to VIA:
I think that you missed the point on 3 counts:
1 Raspberry Pi is a training platform built by a charity (ie non-profit-making); so are
you going to make APCs on a non-profit-making basis?
Didn’t think so....
2 Raspberry Pi was developed to promote coding, not to be a net-book on the cheap.
3 Raspberry Pi has bit-wide IO with buffered ports (ie not USB) making the Raspberry
Pi the only modern day machine I’ve seen (apart from the Arduino) that can do real
embedded computing. So are you going to do this as well?
Didn’t think so either....
I think that there is something a little insidious about a commercial corporation trying
to make a product that seeks to usurp something that is for training purposes, and to
be doing so for a profit (in comparison with the training platform which is being built
on a not-for-profit basis). Unless you are going to really do like-for-like, why cant you
just "leave alone". There are clearly no limits to the extent that capitalism will go
to score a fast buck at someone elses' expense...
By the way, this is a complaint....
If think this a bit off the mark.
1- whether the supplier makes a profit or not is irrelevant. What counts is the value proposition to the end user. Following your reasoning, a $100 Pi would be OK if the supplier were not making any profit, but a $30 Pi where the seller makes profit wouldn't be. Profit is OK, it's actually what makes the economy run.
2- A lot of people *are* trying to make uses of the Pi outside of its original "teach kids to program" goal. 99.9% of customers right now, I'd guess. Plus I have a feeling the APC would be about as competent as the Pi at the "teach dev" stuff, with the right distro.
3- Are they even pretending to do that ? Mentioning it anywhere ? Does it matter to most people, except those who know to check for it ?
your final rant seems to argue that because Pi released a PC below $50, nobody is allowed to anymore ? Even if the thing has VGA out, some storage onboard, a case, and a PSU, a different OS, mounting holes, and a standard form factor, all of which the PI doesn't offer ?
I'm all for people getting invested in the Pi, but this is over the top. The Foundation has stated several times that they welcome competition, even copycats (which the APC isn't quite), maybe even clones (which the APC certainly isn't). It actually furthers the foundation's goals.
I don't see the need, nor justification, to hate on VIA for the APC.