feverish wrote: ShiftPlusOne wrote:
Henque19 wrote:Any update on the availability of the Sense HAT?
When there is an update, you'll know.
He is still politely waiting for an estimate of when that is now reasonably expected to be, to the best of anyone's knowledge. Should those involved not have a clue, or should they be unwilling to take Raspi users into their confidence, having whetted their appetites in the first place, it would be a helpful thing to say so, don't you think?
For the sake of full disclosure, my involvement in the project is minimal (a few software patches) and I don't stick my nose in the other aspects of the product (much). So I don't have information to share, and if I did, it wouldn't be up to me to share it.
I've typed out a long response, but it's a whole other discussion about pre-announcing announcements of launches. In short, I can understand wanting to know, but I don't think it would be helpful to anyone involved.
If there's a release date in mind and they're ready to release that information, it would've come up prior to somebody asking about it. "Oh right, we forgot to mention, yeah, they're totally going on sale tomorrow. Thanks for reminding us! Whoops!". The very first post says "watch this space for updates", implying that when there's an update, you'll see it.
If it's earlier in the production cycle, take a look at every kickstarter project ever, AAA game launches and other cases where a launch date is announced too far in advance. You'll find that when people stick to arbitrary deadlines, they either don't deliver what they promise or do the responsible thing and push the date back further until the product is actually ready, leaving people disappointed either way. Then there's the really responsible thing and that's to not give a date in the first place, focus on releasing the best possible product and only when it's ready. Even when they're 100% transparent, the updates get very boring and along the lines of "still working on the thing I've been working on for the past 5 weeks" or "still waiting for some person outside of the company to do their thing" until nobody cares and the whole thing runs out of steam. The big and interesting updates are actually rare, and again, would come up before someone asks. You've set up a false dichotomy when in reality, there are many more options. There could be other practical and legal reasons why it wouldn't be a good idea to blurt stuff out on the forum.
If you want to have a discussion on the merits of different release strategies and what information you're entitled to prior to the release, then that we can have a different thread for that. But let's not derail this particular thread, which isn't about that.