I directly copy promotion email they send me. drop a line at website? (Michel Stempin is one of founder and he is active member here)http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?action=profile;u=141157
If, as you seem to imply, a Domino PI basic is exactly equivalent in capability to a RaspberryPI then the QI pricing looks like blatant profiteering taking advantage of the (silly) high price of the Yun.I know a Yun and a PI are not identical. But they each have features that the other lacks so I don't see, taken overall, why they should not retail at about the same price....R
You may rather wonder why the Yun is twice as expensive, given the quantity they are selling
You may be sure that is exactly what started my line of questions.I see no reason for the Yun to be more expensive than a Pi....R
I see no reason for the Yun to be more expensive than a Pi.
...The Domino Qi OTOH will be released as Open Hardware, so if someone can make it cheaper, the end user will have the choice.
No.If you want to build the ARM processor that drives it, the CPU/chip design is not available and you are going to have to pay ARM holdings to get it. No doubt under NDA so you don't share it with anyone else.If you want to build the chip that the ARM processor lives in. The System On a Chip or SOC, you are going to have to talk to Broadcom who make it. I don't think they will be wanting to share the design of the GPU with you. If you want to build the board that these chips are mounted on, I suspect the design may be available. I have not checked. However having that will do you no good if you cannot by the the Broadcom ARM Soc to mount on it, which you cannot.In short, there is nothing "open" about the hardware.
Why do they charge more for a Yun? Because they CAN!
But that is not really the spirit of OpenSource, is it?
Raspberry Pi's BCM2835 costs 400% more than Yun's AR9331 at industrial. Obviously Raspberry Pi Foundation received special charity price from Broadcom.
I don't recall anything in the OpenSource manifesto that is at odds with the free market and making money off of your designs.
So the charity price brings it down to the price of the AR9331 ?
There is a difference between covering your costs and profiteering....R
the OpenSource manifesto