My first post here...
My 13 year old son has saved money from his allowance to buy a Raspberry Pi.
He has bought a model B+ only a couple of weeks ago.
He made this decision after much planning ...and hours of reading spent on the raspberrypi.org site and the forums.
Today he saw the Pi2 coming out of the blue, and that his brand new Pi is now discontinued!
Now he feels cheated and not being told the truth.
This is what the raspberrypi.org FAQ page was saying only two days ago (courtesy of the Internet Archive Wayback Machine):
https://web.archive.org/web/20150203193 ... help/faqs/
This gave him a feeling of security, that he is buying a computer that will be current for a longer time, etc...7. WHEN WILL THE NEXT MODEL OF THE RASPBERRY PI BE RELEASED?
As of the July of 2014, an updated version of the Model B, the Model B+, has been released. Beyond this revision, which updated certain pieces of hardware without changing the main processor on the board, there are no immediate plans for the next model; a new model may be released in 2-3 years, but this is not a firm schedule. A new model would inherently undo much of the community work that has been done to date on the Raspberry Pi, which would be counter-productive to our educational aims. We concentrate our engineering effort on making the software that runs on the Raspberry Pi faster and better all the time – which is why you should always be running the most recent firmware.
Is he right? Was he cheated?
Ok, I understand that some secrecy is expected, because of the remaining stocks of the older model, etc, etc.
But... having this text on raspberrypi.org site, telling that no new version is coming in 2-3 years,
because it (quote) "would be counter-productive to our educational aims",
only two days (!) prior to releasing a MAJOR update, is not OK in his (and my) book!
I could say to him:
Look son, this is charity, Raspberry Pi is not that expensive,
you can save some more money from your allowance and just buy the current model too,
the B+ is still a fine machine on its own, etc, ...
...but I doubt that it would make him feel good about this.