I can only speak for myself, but I feel some kind of fooled. It is already feelable, that the support for the CB1 and CB2 is running out. There is almost no compatibility between the boards, so if the developement process goes on for the newer boards (IF it goes on...) the older boards are obelete and the owners will be left behind.Guys, just discover http://linux-sunxi.org. The http://linux-sunxi.org/Cubieboard status page says "The cubieboard is well represented within the main sunxi developer community and has excellent support both in u-boot as well as 3.4 and mainline kernels." The support for old hardware is only getting better. What are you not happy about?
If no A80 based board is released, then just Rockchip, Exynos and maybe Intel Atom boards are going to eat the lunch. The progress is unstoppable and the competition is very strong.
I do partial agree with you. As I already mentioned before, I of course understand that the HW developement process is going on and it would be a pitty, if there would be no improvements in the future.
But: what I mean is about the support in the community
like here in the forum! OK, there is the sunxi-wiki. But when I am looking for information or if there are any questions, I would first have a look into the forum and NOT in the wiki (as there is no possibility to ask questions).
For me, there are two different processes:
- Developement of new hardware
- done by cubitech
- progress is running good (CB, CB2, CT, etc...)
- many demands of people have been adapted (BT, WiFi...)
- Developement of software (Linux distros, programs,...)
- done MAINLY be the community
- very few people who have the skill to do that
- if these few developers leave (or just stop working) the "consuming" part of the community has a problem
- The SW developement depends on the HW where it should run
Now I think about following (quite realistic) scenario: the community is founded and slowly growing based on the first boards (CB1 and CB2). Some few people are willing to do most of the SW developement.
Now another board (CT) is released. Yes, it is powerful, but also only very limited compatibel to the previous boards.
The developers now focus on the newer board (understandable). But what about the owners of the old ones?
Over time, new members join the community, but the will surely have the lates HW (why should the by old HW, if there is more powerful newer HW?). If there are also new developers they will surely do good work, but only for new HW, so old HW support gets lost over time. Ok, now you can say "This is normal." Yes it is. but not in such a short period of time and it is also contra-productive to found a living community on rapidly changing HW. FMPOV this is not possible.
Don't get me wrong, I know, that HW HAS to change over time and HAS to be improved. But looking at the "old" CB2 we are far away from reaching the limits of the board. There was (and still is) high potential for many demanding projects. Thats why people decided to buy these boards.
I strongly believe, that the very majority of the CT or CB4 owners will newer reach the limits of their boards. That makes me believe, that the would also go fine with a CB2 vor example. But afraight of the obsolescence they decide to buy the other boards, and that makes the SW support for the old ones die out.
We will see what the future brings.