I'm not going to lie, GHI has a much better community. Why?
- Trained experts supporting new comers VERY well.
- A very reliable Gadgeteer production.
- Many members can show their custom made parts.
- Their "Codeshare" is a brillient place for Drivers.
- Though not as open source, good structure and gameplan.
I hope we can all learn from this.
What should we learn?
It seems to me that, especially on the "hot" Netduino era, this forum was plenty of enthusiast people. Also many of them were experiencing the Netduino forum as a "big family", full of warmful users.
Gadgeteer, in my mind, is a flop. Nothing more than a flop.
My philosophy endorses the KISS principle: http://en.wikipedia..../KISS_principle
The Arduino board boomed because its simplicity, as the same was for Netduino...
Many projects created on Netduino are still alive and used even on other platforms: why do you say the users "didn't show their parts"?
If you mean about hardware, I may agree, but it's not because the forum, but because the users. Honestly speaking I often see users refusing to learn a bit of electronics...what else?
The problem isn't Netduino, but MS which almost dropped the MF project. That's a big blame, at least in my opinion.
Biggest fault of Netduino? It runs by electricity.