One of the key drivers behind the Raspberry Pi project has said there won’t be any new spec Pi hardware this year, as he doesn’t want to abandon current users and make them feel like they’ve already been gazumped by newer models. What an amazing rarity in the tech world.
However, there will be some sort of updated Pi hardware to look forward to further down the line. Raspberry Pi designer Eben Upton told ZDNet: “There will be a successor at some point. I think 2013 isn’t the right time to do it. I don’t want to orphan the 700,000 Raspberry Pis that are already out there.”
Instead of pumping out an octo-core Pi or some such nonsense next month, Upton prefers to focus on the software that drives the current Pi hardware, with short-term performance boosts coming from more efficient coding. Upton’s had people specifically working on the Linux support, saying he’s been paying users to “find out why it’s slow and make it fast.” [ZDNet via Engadget]