My personal thoughts here. If you want to be involved in the Raspi community,and Pi based project's...GET A RASPBERRY PI. Don't get something else and expect to be welcomed with open arms. The Arduino community is NOT the same. They are all based on the same (or similar) microcontrollers. The B-Pi is a completely different device that is not compatible in any way. It's like posting for help on your Ford Mondeo on a Honda Civic forum.rmwebs wrote: Things like the Banana-Pi are great for those who need more resources than the current pi can provide, yet still want to be involved in the pi community, and pi based projects.
The Arduino community is a great example. There's tons of clones, remakes, alternatives, etc and they welcome it with open arms. The foundation being a bit snooty about it all isn't the way to go IMO, especially when so much of the Pi is touted as being opensource.
And please stop saying things like snooty. That could not be further from the truth. As JamesA said above, and he works there so he should know. The one thing they do do though, is protect their investment and income stream. If that is snooty? well, I'm not sure what to suggest. That income stream is vital so they can continue their educational drive, which is an expensive thing to do.