That's easy, for many companies, the default is "no, it won't be released" no matter how trivial. It takes real effort from someone to get things released as releasing something requires that it go through reviews and sign-offs. And before you can even get to that stage you need to go through the justification "why should we go to the effort of releasing this" review (and for something like this, I'll bet that the justification review took more, and more expensive man-hours than the actual review and release did.
What a horribly inefficient system you describe. I wish we had a market economy in this country, so that dinosaurs like that could die and be replaced by more agile competition.
It's also why many of us are so upset at all this negativity around the release. I'm not saying that you need to be estatic about it, but a lot of negativity results in the people doing the review of the next batch of code saying "why should we release this, we'll only get more bad publicity from people who want more"
In this case, the device is being actively marketed as "an ARM GNU/Linux Box for $25." I think you can make a good case that the negativity now is actually in their best interests as a company, because if I had seen only the press releases and marketing materials without any negativity, I would very likely have just ordered a pile of them. And after I spent my money and received the product and figured out what they had actually sold me I would be extremely upset and with good reason. Unpleasant words like "fraud" would be just the beginning in that case.
It's fine to point out how little this is, it's fine to not praise them, but calling this a sham, or fraud, or accusing them of hiding the API really hurts future releases.
Sorry, but I read the language in the press release, and I read the language further down the blog where they have been pressed, and they are not compatible at all. It's inconceivable that you would see such a disconnect between the headline and the reality in a device that is consciously marketed to the community and not see people replying with some negativity.
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