That statement is directly from an RPi foundation press release, right?Hi..as per my knowledge the raspberry foundation looks to bring digital tools to a bigger audience.Aligning quite well with free software and security.
Now don't get me wrong, I mean no disrespect towards them, but "aligning with free software" is about ... well ... software. The foundation really screwed that up when designing the RPi1. There was a perfectly working, officially supported Debian armel port. All they would have had to do was use a SoC that supports ARMv7 right from the start. That was state of the art back then. Instead, to save some money, they opted for a ARMv6 SoC, which required them to recompile the whole Debian repo. Doing that once is perfectly fine, but due to security updates and general progress you need to do that over and over again. And you need to pay someone to do this job. I don't have the numbers, but I'm pretty sure, in the long run that's way more expensive than an ARMv7 SoC.
So basically what they did was to reinvent the wheel. Because it was cheaper they decided their wheel should have the shape of a square. To make that square wheel roll smoothly they had to make their roads look like a rack. I think they did a very good job at that. And they rightfully advertise their product with that good work.
But had they designed their wheels as circles they could have just used the same plane roads everyone else uses and the good work they advertise now wouldn't have been necessary in the first place. In that way their technically good work is conceptually bad work, which even in the best case sums up to zero - the same zero that would have been their workload, had they made a better SoC choice.
Right, they aren't in that business. Because if they were, ED wouldn't be designing a Pyra for 500+ Euros. Instead there would be a Pyra-like "RPi laptop" for 200-300 Euros on the market already. They would surely have studied the Pandora, maybe they would have even asked ED for his expertise, but even in the best of all cases ED would just be an expendable junior partner.It would be a good match, but they are not in the business of selling Pyras.
Um, no! Just as I said, it doesn't make sense to buy a beefed-up RPi case for 500 Euros to stick an underpowered computer in it that costs 5 Euros.I think dragonbox should consider making a Pyra mainboard with the intention of just accepting a Raspberry Pi zero. Ostensibly this would make the Pyra body capable of using a raspberry pi. Sure it wouldn't be fast or anything, but I know tons of people who would just like a nice gaming enclosure for their Pi's.
They do this BECAUSE of the weird stuff and the work involved in that. They want to see what they can accomplish by their own work. Essentially it's like playing LEGO. It's about building the car, not about driving it when it's finished.RPI's are also at this weird price point where a lot of people think "Oh it's just 5 dollars, no big deal!" and then spend over a hundred on weird peripherals like touchscreen and CNC milled enclosures.
I could build more or less weird computers all day long just to see what works out and what doesn't. To that end I often browse shopping websites just to look for interesting components and put them together in my mind. But I rarely actually order any parts, because I know the fun is over after having assembled all the parts, installed the OS and verified (or falsified) that it works with some stress tests. I usually have no actual use for whatever system will be the result.