The Arduino Community needs a statement as to just where Arduino is heading.
Which arduino.org (or arduino.cc) boards are going to be discontinued?What is the future of the Arduino Yun & Arduino Tian?
Has arduino.org supplied all the necessary documents for the open source boards and software?
I have a significant investment is Arduino boards and projects.many of the project rely on the Ardiuno Yun and Arduino Yun Shield.
shift to the Raspberry Pi Compute Modules.
The Yun seemed to make sense
<snip>It's a bit like wanting to preserve the view from your bedroom window. The ONLY way to guarantee it is to buy all the property that you want to look at. Similarly, if you want to continue using component X then buy a truckload of them now....R
I suspect that the current Arduino team is having difficulties lining up manufacturers for the full suite of boards. When Musto was running the manufacturing, he may have been willing to run off small-quantities of the less popular boards "as needed" using spare plant capacity, but it would be harder to get manufacturers who are less "intimately involved" to agree to such ... irregularity. Back before the "re-unification", it almost looked like the .org contingent was purposely "flooding" the market with new designs that would need to be manufactured "irregularly." :-(If they haven't, do you think (as a customer/user) it would be better to discontinue those boards (or "product directions") or to struggle to re-create them?
When Arduino.cc took back Arduino.org didn't they also get the manufacturing facility? If so, we don't need contract manufacturers, we just need some reasonable management. Or did Musto destroy the tooling??
My patience is wearing thin.
I don't think any small "manufacturer" can have the sort of future security that the OP would like. I don't think this is just an Arduino problem.