We are fully aware of the costs involved in creating custom code for new embedded devices. We are also aware that quite often once that code has been written and submitted for review it is not always immediately accepted into the mainline kernel. There is not always one solution to a problem. While we have our own contract developers, the purpose of this post was to inquire if anyone has experience mainlining software then we would provide free hardware to propose solutions, review and test software. If they are so inclined they may want to write software to support our devices. In some cases, developers we have interacted with have wanted to create solutions in order to submit to mainline kernel because if their solution is accepted they can use the submission to further their career and declined payment.
We want to support a community of developers who use our devices. In our original post, we requested that developers email us and never said that they wouldn’t be paid.
Our ultimate goal is to have fully mainline supported hardware. We won’t be able to achieve that goal with a few contract developers, it takes a big effort with many people involved to get there.
We are doing whatever it takes to ship as soon as we can without sacrificing quality despite the global pandemic which set us and an entire industry back a few months.
We mentioned in another thread that we have begun to separate the batches as of this week. All future orders will ship in November. We still plan on shipping the first batch sooner than that. We will be sending out a newsletter update this upcoming week to update everyone with the current status of Pocket P.C.