Trying out alternatives
Posted Jun 24, 2013 22:55 UTC (Mon) by man_ls
In reply to: Trying out the Raspberry Pi
Parent article: Trying out the Raspberry Pi
In this case, uniformity is a plus: having to support multiple platforms would probably imply losing focus and spending energy on competing products. Also, having a universal platform is much better for hobbyists, since projects are compatible and can be translated from one environment to the other. Finally, there is a growing ecosystem around the RPi which would need effort to be adapted to other platforms.
Hardware is very much about little details that make things work, especially for beginners. Software is much more accommodating. [Cue mandatory analogy.] There are many lens mount standards and supporting all of them takes a lot of effort for lens makers and camera owners. In contrast, there is just one proprietary software package used by almost everyone (and just one or two libre ones).
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