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Raspberry Pi launches its IPO (www.raspberrypi.com)

It was nice knowing Raspberry Pi while they lasted. Going to suck losing something that has changed the homegrown embedded system hobby forever.

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[-] Breve@pawb.social 35 points 1 day ago

When a company takes on shareholders, whatever goals, mission, or ethos they had is erased. They now exist as a vehicle to make as much money as possible at literally any cost. That's it. Was nice while it lasted.

[-] octopus_ink@lemmy.ml 7 points 1 day ago

Literally my exact first thought, but you were more eloquent.

[-] LazyBane@lemmy.world 79 points 1 day ago

Tech companies as soon as they are publicly traded:

[-] the_doktor@lemmy.zip 24 points 1 day ago

Welp. Fuck Raspberry Pi. The entire stock market is one big scam.

[-] KingThrillgore@lemmy.ml 12 points 1 day ago

So what do we use now that Raspi has gone to shit?

[-] yessikg 11 points 1 day ago

Orange Pi, Pine64 sbcs, Libre Computer Board, and mini pcs

[-] Natanael@slrpnk.net 3 points 1 day ago

Who had broad software and driver support?

[-] Grippler@feddit.dk 1 points 21 hours ago

Mini PCs have the same level of software and driver support as any desktop PC, so probably even better than raspi.

They've crossed the event horizon of enshitification.

[-] Holzkohlen@feddit.de 92 points 1 day ago

AI nonsense privacy disrespecting "feature" coming next week

[-] cyberpunk007@lemmy.ca 37 points 1 day ago

Announcing: Raspberry pi recall

[-] technocrit@lemmy.dbzer0.com 311 points 2 days ago

Sooner or later capitalism ruins everything.

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[-] TheFeatureCreature@lemmy.world 192 points 2 days ago

And so begins "Line must go up" and the inevitable enshittification .

[-] ShepherdPie@midwest.social 59 points 2 days ago

That began in 2020 for them.

[-] AVincentInSpace@pawb.social 1 points 18 hours ago

ootl-- what happened in 2020?

[-] ShepherdPie@midwest.social 3 points 17 hours ago

During covid they essentially stopped selling to people and only sold to corporations with big orders which caused ridiculous scalping whenever a measly batch dropped for consumers. It wasn't until around the end of last year that people were able to buy them at regular prices again.

[-] xenoclast@lemmy.world 13 points 1 day ago

It's how you get to the IPO .. so yeah

[-] Lettuceeatlettuce@lemmy.ml 78 points 1 day ago

Let the enshitification begin!

[-] werefreeatlast@lemmy.world 86 points 2 days ago

Yeah, expect nothing more than enshitification. That way, if they don't enshitify like every company does, then we'll be pleasantly surprised.

[-] Masamune@lemmy.world 20 points 1 day ago

The nice thing about being a pessimist is that you are always either right, or pleasantly surprised.

[-] CoggyMcFee@lemmy.world 9 points 1 day ago
[-] Masamune@lemmy.world 8 points 1 day ago

That's the spirit!

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[-] WormFood@lemmy.world 47 points 1 day ago

I picked up a radxa zero last year and have been quite enjoying it. the hardware is better than a pi zero but costs less. same with a lot of other SBCs

but raspberry pi has a lot of inertia behind it, a lot of software and hardware support. people will keep using them, just like they keep using Ubuntu, even though it's a soulless corporate husk of what it one was

[-] Valmond@lemmy.world 4 points 1 day ago

Orange PI comes to mind, getting better over time too.

[-] mynamesnotrick@lemmy.zip 6 points 1 day ago

As long as I'm not locked into using their OS on their hardware I'll still be interested. I have a 3,4&5 doing various tasks around my house and enjoy the little boards.

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[-] nifty@lemmy.world 3 points 1 day ago

Might be good, maybe we’ll get an OS competitor then. It’s harder for hardware, but not impossible. An open source, fabless microcontroller built by a nonprofit, perhaps? A lot of universities have labs with the budget to allocate for this as part of a consortium

[-] crimsonpoodle@pawb.social 1 points 17 hours ago

I like your optimism best to look on the bright side and all— curious what do you mean by fabless? Do they not require as complex facilities because they’re a larger process or something? Or for some other reason?

[-] nifty@lemmy.world 2 points 17 hours ago

I was thinking maybe there could be different SoCs or machine learning oriented hardware, and if there are multiple designs then they could be put together somewhere else. Some research labs are specializing in different types of semiconductor devices, which I think might be interesting to explore on a microcontroller

[-] Someonelol@lemmy.dbzer0.com 98 points 2 days ago

I'm willing to bet they'll start adding telemetry features in RPiOS for "quality purposes" a few years from now.

[-] ricdeh@lemmy.world 37 points 2 days ago

They already have that proprietary and opaque GPU that has full memory access akin to the Intel ME, and its programming is very difficult to audit. There has been something quite fishy about them ever since they left their educational mission behind after the Pi 1 and went for-profit.

[-] JackbyDev@programming.dev 45 points 1 day ago

Raspberry Pi has been over priced for a long time. I'm not saying they've been a net positive or negative, but if you think this will make them a bad company then I think they've been pretty bad for a bit.

[-] Omgboom@lemmy.zip 48 points 2 days ago

N100 mini PCs are where it's at these days anyways. Unless you need the GPIO pins or are running some weird niche configuration, you're better off grabbing any N100, they're cheaper too.

[-] maniajack@lemmy.world 11 points 1 day ago

After some light searching, am I missing something? I don't see n100 cheaper than rpi 5

[-] Blackmist@feddit.uk 4 points 1 day ago

Yeah, they're nearly twice the price.

Far more capable though, and typically specced with 16GB RAM and a 500GB SSD.

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[-] aseriesoftubes@lemmy.world 46 points 2 days ago

Everyone here seems pretty negative on this news. Any particular reason?

[-] nevemsenki@lemmy.world 216 points 2 days ago

Going publicly traded fucks every company up with nextquarter-itis.

[-] Dasnap@lemmy.world 161 points 2 days ago

Mostly that IPOs put companies into 'infinite growth mode' which is obviously impossible, so their product just degrades over time. They can't just do 'good enough' anymore.

[-] The_Picard_Maneuver@lemmy.world 76 points 2 days ago

Every time a company goes public, they become more and more profitable until the only way to continue on that trajectory is to worsen their own product.

Think they'll still be selling the Pico for $4 or the Zero for $15 after they're reporting to shareholders?

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[-] Addv4@lemmy.world 87 points 2 days ago

Raspberry pi foundation was launched as a charity, and the end goal was to produce a ton of very cheap computers to help children learn about programming. Since then, it has been soo ubiquitous for embedded stuff that for the last couple of years they have basically become unaffordable for the very audience they were intended for. Now they are seeking an ipo because they are used in everything, except as cheap computers for children.

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[-] mindlight@lemm.ee 64 points 2 days ago

Going public introduces shareholders that prioritizes return on investment as opposed to making technology and knowledge about technology accessible for many.

It doesn't always end this way but often enough to worry about it...

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