Why is technical information regarding the Gumstix Overo scattered all over? That even finding simple Rev information is way more difficult than it should be?
Why can't I just go to gumstix.com and look at the production information and find a datasheet that has all the pertinent rev information in it? Instead it has a Feature overview sheet link, and that opens a completely different page on a different website.
On that page there is some information, but not all the information. I have to print out three different web pages to get just the connector pinout (not placement, or how it's actually physically pinned out on the PCB footprint).
The placement information is on yet another page under schematic information. How its pinned out on the connector is located on the actual pcb layout file that requires eagle to open. Maybe I missed it, but I didn't see it anywhere else.
I remembered seeing Rev information for the board, but I couldn't find the webpage. I had to go to the gumstix community forum to look up the rev # to find the webpage link.
What was posted -> http://www.gumstix.net/Hardware/view/Revision-notices/2009-Revision-Notices/112.html
What I came across -> http://www.gumstix.net/Hardware/cat/Revision-notices/112.html#faq172
What's the purpose of both pages? Why is the good one hidden? Why have a product change notice page without the resulting revision #'s like the good one shows?
For comparison purpose I can go to http://www.variscite.com
Click on the product I'm interested in. Suddenly on that page there is a Datasheet. Maybe I'm just an old timer, but there is just something about a PDF datasheet that feels good.
Within that there is the connector pinout, a description of what each connector does, and where pin 1 is on the module. So I can make sure it matches up with pin 1 on my board.
Now one could argue that the Gumstix is meant for a different client. That it's not really meant for people who might buy 200-500 of them a year.
The Gumstix Summit/Tobi/etc is considerably cheaper than what Variscite has for a baseboard, but the Variscite modules are cheaper than the comparable Overo module.
But, why not capture that market? Why limit the market for the Overo? Why can't Gumstix be both a company that supports open hardware/open development, but also have solid testing/support/documentation.