I decided to answer you here instead of Codeplex, as I tought it will be more productive.
So why I want 4.3 ?
First at all it’s for convenience. I got a fresh install of Win8 with VS012. And I don’t want to install 2010. NETMF4.3 (still RTM version) was made for 2012, so I tought that Gadgeteer will follow quickly. I’m not asking for a updated release, just a compatible compilation. For now I’m trying to work in a WM with Win7 and VS2010 but it’s not so good.
After that it’s to reassure. Since december, no checkin, no communications (I don’t not count showcase post on the blog). No activity in the forum (netmf.com).
The main problem is when you know Microsoft, a silent project is never a good sign (so many example, last one could be XNA). Well, a little disgression as I know since the Techdays in Paris, that there is an active team in MS (not in Research) working for home automation projects. I don’t know how related it is with NETMF and/or Gadgeteer, but maybe… I can suppose that this team could be responsible for the silence.
Then you have to take account about company like you. First NETMF4.3. Then Gadgeteer4.3. Then your solution 4.3 With firmware 4.3.
There is the example of what Netduino team made. Provide a full 4.3 environnment. I don’t know what it’s including at gadgeteer level, but I hope they didn’t pu a lot of changes. It will be dangerous to get something different from the code at Codeplex, because then… What’s the point to Codeplex ?
I totally understand that for production environment, you don’t care about new release. You can’t spend time with migration as you want. and just recompile with new version and ship the result : “yeah, it will work”.
But as hobbyist, you just want/need to be always a step ahead.
I surely miss other reasons (I will update), but I hope answered well enough. I know my English is not as good to be able to explain easily my point, so if you need more précisions…