ski522 wrote:Then they need to change the FAQjamesh wrote:Well done. Thanks for 'dissing' this educational product that doesn't do exactly what you want (yet), even though exactly what you want isn't what it's being sold as.This one paragraph is also used on many vendors websites selling the PI. This leaves many with the impression that the PI can do everything a computer can do including using all kinds of USB devices which is going to happen. The problem with USB is the first word "Universal" which (at the moment) appears not to be the case...that's fine, but it needs to be clear on the PI's website (and maybe at vendors websites too) that the USB port on the PI is quite as "Universal" (yet) that many would like it to be.What’s a Raspberry Pi?
The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games...
It seems odd that people would take the phrase "can be used for MANY" and go "that means it can be used for EVERY" thing a computer can do. It can use all kinds of USB devices, it just can't use *every* kind of usb device (but neither can my windows 7 Enterprise laptop or my Ubuntu Desktop or my grandma's OSX PC). There's no such thing as an OS that can do "Universal" USB coverage so we need to get that firmly out of our heads. That said, the Pi does not yet do the level of USB support that it needs, but that is being actively addressed.
That aside, to address GT's comments, there are literally 10s of thousands of people using it for media centers quite successfully and something in the range of half a million of people using it period without there being massive exchanges so the notion GT put forward of "exchanging [it] until I hit a good one" is fundamentally flawed. You got a bad board, unfortunate, but it will statistically occur no matter what the product is. Indeed, for those unlucky few percentage of people who get a bad board there will be an additional equally small percentage of people who exchange it only to receive another bad board. That, however, does not negate the insanely large percentage of people who get a board and it works just fine. So while I understand the frustration going down, lets avoid the hyperbole of "utter failure"