LTolledo wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:53 pm
secondary reason: high price (some were even outrageously/exorbitantly high priced)
I tend to hark back to when the original Model B was launched.... At the time, the dominant SBC in the DIY/maker market was the Beagle Bone. It sold for $90. Then the Pi arrived with substantially the same specs, plus some extras, for....$35. The Beagleboard response was a new model at $45. Within a year, the Pi was outselling Beagle boards by about 5 to 1.
Fundamentally, the Pi set a new standard for what to expect in the way of exposed interfaces and the price to get them. When you add a *very* active user community providing quality support, backed by a solid team providing the software, it has turned out to be an unbeatable combination. That one knows that the profits are going to the good cause of furthering education--and one gets to see and hear about what's being down in those areas--helps a lot, too. Then you get to cases where a problem surfaces. The RPF (and, later, the RPT as well) steps up, admits when they've made a mistake (rather that hiding it and hoping the furor will go away) and works to fix it.
One might be tempted to think that the RPF/RPT reticence about future plans would adversely impact their products, but the open way they handle issues and fixes for existing products counters that quite effectively.
Now if they'd just market replacement controller boards for those of us with extremely early RPF displays....