You seem to be very defensive about all of this.
I didn't say there will be one available, I said it's useless without one.
I know you didn't say there will be one. That's exactly the problem. The product isn't even released yet, and they say there WILL be one. So, basically, you're complaining about something that simply hasn't happened *yet*. For that matter, it's not like this forum is exactly brimming with activity, either.
This is an ugly one off solution and my experience tells me that they will have a lot of problems later.
Time shall tell, I suppose. We don't know what their solution entails yet. You make waaay too many assumptions about their unreleased product and their corresponding support infrastructure.
They will probably also have their custom kernel and driver repository for Ubuntu. I bet the people at Genesi or similar companies would be happy to get rid of their custom kernel, installer, driver and repository rather today than tomorrow. It's hard, error prone and not very efficient and there is no real help from anybody. I don't see how Hercules will do any better with these prerequisites.
There is no point in debating you on this. They haven't released anything yet. It's kind of silly to make any assumptions about their development plans or chance of "success", or even how they would define the success of this product. It's a cheap ARM netbook. Let's just see how they play their cards before we jump to any more conclusions.
Are you saying that if you need HDMI on ARM go with Hercules, else go with Genesi?
I actually haven't said much of anything. Just that it's sort of silly to speculate on an unreleased product. I personally have no interest in the eCafe at all. I just think it's kind of silly to write it off based on assumptions.
And Genesi is already working on their second generation
I'm very excited to see what they release!
My guess is that it will be a failure if they don't show anything in the next 3 months with much more substance and deliver in the next 6 months for the simple reason that the hardware will be totally outdated (or they are planning the $100 netbook).
I never said it was going to be a success, and don't really care either way.
The platform is Linux on i.MX. It's not like there's anything stopping anybody from developing for that device right now.
Even if the Linux user cares about the hardware architecture, Linux is the same on any hardware, so nobody will develop for the i.MX, but the ARM netbooks will get the benefit from the development on all netbooks, be it x86, ARM or maybe MIPS in the future. If not, then something is broken.
If they can't show support yet already, why should I think they will be able to show it later? Hercules is already dead behind.
Behind WHAT??? It's not even released yet; there's nothing to support!
It's an empty page with the hercules default layout. Remarkable ressources where spend.
Of course it's an empty page! There's nothing to support yet! If it's still blank when the product launches, then maybe you will have a point.
I don't understand why you're so obsessed with pointing out the flaws of a product that isn't released yet. This doesn't have to be a Genesi vs. Hercules debate. The two Smartbooks will be more like siblings than competitors. They're using nearly identical hardware but the two companies have different markets in mind.
It just seems like you're being very cynical for no good reason.