jamesh wrote: ↑
Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:05 am
pepeEL wrote: ↑
Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:48 am
I dont understand why release RPI4 without in standard option boot from USB. Ehhhh
So, we could have waited until the USB boot was ready. Let's say another 6 months. So for 6 months, a machine that works for most people would be unavailable to buy. Why would we do that? We are selling a huge number of devices right now, many 100's of thousands already sold, so clearly USB boot is entirely unnecessary for a lot of users.
I don't understand why people don't understand this.
In the old days of mainframes with waterfall development, a new software feature (not delivered on a version or release change) would be called a "new function fix". IBM have been adding new functions forever (inside IBM they used a kilo lines of code (kloc) metric to decide whether something need to wait for a release).
With hardware changes those were often known, affectionately, as "the golden screwdriver" (because there was usually a price to pay), when some piece of dormant hardware was suddenly enabled with what was officially known as an "EC" or "engineering change". In some cases the "EC" needed a "new function" software fix to drive it. Quite often an "EC" would mean the engineer pulled a card out of the frame and inserted a new one.
I have no problems with waiting for PXE & USB boot in just the same way that I have no problems waiting for the supply chain to catch up with my desire for a RPi4B with 4GB. [Which the household finance director will frown at.]