Yeesh. I\'ve only just seen this thread.
There are downsides to the decision we\'ve made to be as transparent as possible about what we\'re up to - namely that a few people seem to think that our desire to be open about development and manufacturing creates some sort of obligation on us to them to be *more* open than we are able to be. To be frank, if that sort of person chooses not to buy a Raspberry Pi because we haven\'t given them exactly what they want, I don\'t consider it a great loss; I suspect they\'ll be the sorts of people who would be the first to come hammering on our door for a refund if we launched before we were ready and sold them something that didn\'t work. To recap:
We do not have a firm date for launch, and will not have one until we are absolutely ready, because it depends entirely on how the boards perform in testing. So demanding one, Anxious Forum Member, won\'t get you anywhere - if you like, I can make one up, but I don\'t see how that\'ll satisfy either of us. We expect the official launch to be in January, but we hope to have the batch of beta boards ready to auction before the end of 2011. So keep an eye on how things go between Christmas and the New Year.
Things are going a little slower than I would like too - there was a mild hiccup which meant that Pete only got components in place at the end of last week, and he is fitting what he\'s doing around his business\'s paying customers (the ones who put food on his table and enable him to donate his work to Raspberry Pi) at the moment, so this may drag on even longer than you and I, AFM, would like. I suggest a Christmas spent in the loving arms of your family may dull the pain.
The very moment I get a populated board in my sweaty hands, I will be photographing it and posting it here. And then I will go and have a large drink and relax for the first time in eight months. Will that do?
Director of Communications, Raspberry Pi