[quote]Perhaps the target market audience is commercial not hobbyists. For a commercial product, a $300 evaluation board is not expensive, and might be less than most/many evaluation boards.
Perhaps it is, and if it is then why box yourself in a corner when you can make something that targets both markets at the same time. One could have simply made the dev board with an option to add the LCD at checkout to save costs since its the main driving factor. Not everyone is going to need an LCD.
what you say is true, but the company I work for is not in the home/semi professional or hobbyist/maker/enthusiast camp.
I think this is the second time I saw someone compare this kit to another GHI kit cost. I dont think that should be because this Linux platform is a whole other animal. In comparing one should compare to all the many, many other Linux dev kits out there which are much lower in cost.
For instance, I picked this up about 2 months ago for $77.
along with the optional 7" lcd
Now, I would warn anyone from getting this as it runs so hot that it will shutdown even with a heat sink on it.
Even my most recent purchase of this one:
I have bought over a dozen kits like this, we have spend over $1800 on kits thus far. The problem is that you buy the kit hoping to prove you concept. Many times you buy a kit and its sucks. The typical case where sales got ahead of engineering and sold the device before engineering had time to catch up on all the docs and software for it.
These linux kits are out there and very low cost, so there is no need to compare them to any other GHI kit, its a different animal all together.
Out of all these kits I got the only ones I likes and worked very well are the RPI, BBB & Odroid’s. Yet I cannot use any of them, they all come with the dam connectors on the boards. Which is why I liked the GHI module so much.
Now before anyone says Jeez Versa, you must not know what you doing to spend that kind of money on kits, and / or squeamish on spending $300 for a kit. I’ll answer that.
Currently we use another ARM product for all of our products, and I have no issues with it. However I am convinced that embedded Linux is the future of electronics. So even though right now I have no product in mind to put this in, I am on the hunt for something that works well, is the right fit for me (AKA no or limited connectors), a good price, and has good support. Once I find that nugget, I can start the learning process and get up to speed on it all. Then when a project comes up I am ready to go and plop it in, and run.
I seem to be viewed as not willing to spend the money, and for some reason everyone is missing my whole point in that when a engineer is going to start a new project that needs a Linux board and starts google searching for Linux dev kits they are going to see GHI’s kit cost and compare that to the many other Linux kits costs out there. They are then probably going to come to the conclusion that they can get more bang for the buck on a kit with from the others at a lower cost that with the GHI kit.
I started all this rambling about the cost because I truly had GHI at heart, and did not want them to scare off more than they would attract.
So again my whole point was to simple say, GHI have you really taken the time to price shop other like Linux kits out there before you settled on the cost for yours is all i was saying.
Just remember guys, before you assume you dont know the whole story on this end, lets just put this whole price thing to bed.