From the article you linked to above:
"Microsoft’s Terry Myerson announced their intention to bring the Windows 10 app platform to 1 billion devices by next year. Getting Windows on Raspberry Pi 2 is a big step toward making that real."
As a foundation employee and forum moderator perhaps you could do me the honour of answering a simple question:
Why is the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a charitable institution, providing support and advertising to a very wealthy muti-national corporation?
I am somewhat nonplussed by this move as it seems to be counter to the educational mission statement of the foundation. Further it seems to run against the very charitable status of the foundation, using charitable donations to offer succour to a for profit corporation.
I do realize that this debate is not wanted here, I have already asked once with the result that my post was silently deleted and the warning we now see here went up. That is fair enough but I would appreciate some explaination via some channel.
Correct, not wanted here.
Note that the Foundation gives very little support to Microsoft, and the Raspberry Pi is an open platform - anyone can use it. The fact that MS is a for profit company is pretty irrelevant, there are a number of people/companies who post on this forum, or have been blogged about that are for profit. Being a for profit is not the end of the world. As for this countering the educational aims of the Foundation - how? It's not replacing anything, it's not stopping the Foundation continuing with their support of teachers, training, OSS. It's simply an addition
to the raft of features available on the Raspberry Pi. It may even results in higher sales, the profits from which are ploughed back in to education. I see it as a win win situation - little effort by the Foundation, possibly greater sales, more press, more choice. It's not the Foundation providing succour to a for profit, it's a for profit spending money on making a charitable product better.
Linux will continue to be the OS of choice for education - there are a lot of applications that require it that are GREAT for education - SonicPi, MinecraftPi, Scratch, endless programming languages etc. It's not going away!
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