RaspberryPi and FUD
Raspberry Pi is completely unpredictable – no-one outside an inner circle of employees and special friends knows what they are going to do next.
If you are outside of this “circle of trust” then there is no advance warning whatsoever about new products.
Because of the uncertainty, it becomes a bit tricky to run your business around Pi products or plan how to budget/deploy Raspberry Pi in schools.
I know a number of small business who have come up with ideas to improve the experience of using Pi products but have decided that they don’t know (or don’t trust the information given out) if their product will be invalidated in the near future
This is big one as it seems to be Raspberry Pi’s driving force.
They are fearful of criticism.
For some in-explicable reason, Raspberry Pi use EVERY means possible to castigate ANYONE who criticise them – since most critics are individuals and not other similar sized (or bigger) organisations then Goliath almost always wins and the little Davids get their heads handed to them on a platter!
They are also paranoid about the 30 year old Osborne Effect (Look it up in ancient history books). They use this fear to justify all their secrecy.
I don’t know about you – but I find these behaviours are not appropriate for a UK Charity that waves the “We are about Education” banner around.
To avoid historical totalitarian regime analogies – it like the Red Cross carrying guns in ambulances and driving past accident scenes because they are on the way to their next PR event.