I guess they want to change their domain. Although that site looks like it'll be the commercial side of things, while this .cc domain will host the support stuff.
That's pure guesswork on my part, but it is probably roughly in the ballpark. Now $1.5 million is serious money, and conceivably as the clone-makers muscle their way in, there might be differences of opinion about how to claw some of the profit back.
I think you need to be clear in your mind who "they" are.
Besides which, we, the contributors to the forum, are unpaid.
Seems a reasonable estimate.When you place that number alongside the very poor support that this Forum has been getting it is a bit difficult to justify recommending newcomers to buy "real" Arduinos to support the system.All of my 4 Arduinos are official ones - am I the fool?...R
There appears to be a new Arduino website http://arduino.org/ - what's all that about?
Arduino has five founders, which are Massimo Banzi, David Cuartielles, David Mellis, Tom Igoe und Gianluca Martino.Arduino consists of two different companies:Arduino LLC ==> company in the USA, which posesses the trademark "Arduino"Arduino S.R.L. ==> company in Italy, which produces the "original" Arduino boards ("made in Italy")"Arduino S.R.L." was formerly known as the company "Smart Projects S.R.L."This company is owned completely by Gianluca Martino. But unfortunately this one of the founders is now quarrelling with the other four founders about the future of "Arduino".I think the central point in the quarrel is, where the Arduino boards shall be manufactured in the future: The four founders of Arduino LLC in the USA want the "original Arduino" boards to be produced all over the world where the Arduino users are sitting. So perhaps they want cheap boards to be manufactured also in countries like India, Brazil or China. Not only als "clone" and "fake" boards, but as official "original Arduino" boards.And the owner of Arduino S.R.L. is strictly against that, and he wants his own company in Italy to be the only manufacturer of "original Arduino" boards in the world.The new website arduino.org belongs to Arduino S.R.L.A legal battle is currently fought between Arduino S.R.L. and Arduino LLC at the Massachusetts District Court. But that's another thing and is not about manufacturing the "original Arduino" boards, but in that case the fight is about the trademark "Arduino". The owners of Arduino LLC are not very amused about- the company renaming of ""Smart Projects S.R.L." to ""Arduino S.R.L." in Italy- and about the new website Arduino.org used by that companyI don't know who may profit from the current lawsuit and those will follow.But surely the lawyers will make a lot of profit from both companies.