The appeal for me and others I think is that here in the States some schools are learning Pascal/C/C#. C# works for both desk top, web and micro programming. The big appeal would be the teacher would be using MS software, so no need to learn Linux.
I have worked in Data Networking in many schools. The one thing I see on a consistent basis is the lack of technical understanding these teachers have, sadly, most being women. They all seam to be there to teach, not to learn anything new. Like how to plug in a network cable! Therefore, learning Linux is out of the question for most.
The options on the Pi(B) are truly awsome. 700MHz, 256MB ram, SD card slot, HD Video, true graphics, HDMI output, 2 USB’s and Internet in one package. I find it hard to swallow to buy about $120 or so for 3 boards when everything I need is in one!!
I know GHI puts out great products, don’t get me wrong. But the first company to make a port of NetMF will get my money. I am hoping it is GHI!. Why? Because of the service I got when DIYBin never sent my products. Gus, I was the one that spoke to you about it. Don’t know if others did as well, but to be able to talk to someone that was willing to help really scores points with me.
Also, to some of you who are trying to shoot down the idea of a NetMF port, some of us don’t have unlimited budgets, or companies who buy the toys for us. I have to save for a long time to get anything!