Re: Neither fish nor fowl
"Pi is not competing against other boards, but expanding its range of tools for education."
That is a genuinely noble goal, and obviously they do sell like fairly hot pies, but it's so very much the "British" way. If it sells quite well, we're happy, if it doesn't, we grumble a little, and do something else.
Part of me does think: wouldn't it be nice if they really did try and launch some really slick devices as well that could really sell well, so that they could make quite a tidy bit of extra cash (and use more of it to drive development and the core mission forward too).
Pi's are good at what they do, but to think of just one possible example: I'm currently using a Pi as a home fileserver (with an external USB drive attached). It works not badly, and it was quite fun finding out how to make it work (part of the attraction, of course). But it's running off an SD card, in a slightly awkward case which has ports and cables coming out two different sides of it, and with a rather awkward Micro-HDMI cable/connector, too.
The fact that it is all pretty much as small and minimal as you can get is obviously good for a lot of "hacker" type experimenting, but something with a little more polish would be nice too. What I'd really like (for my use case, and I'm sure it's not an entirely uncomon one, not everyone is wiring things up to the GPIO header, neat as that is) would be some sort of Pi-Plus: all the connectors coming tidily out just one side, a hardware clock on board, and one, if not two, SSD slots, so that it's running off something a bit more reliable than an SD card. That would be a nice mini home server, and while, yes, it would cost a bit more than a typical RPi kit, it would still be good value for money, but could bring in quite a bit of extra income, which would help in the long run.