PINE64: A Community That Develops Single-Board Computers
PINE64 began as a Kickstarter launched on Dec 9, 2015. Even though this was considered a bad time to launch a Kickstarter (due to Christmas, New Years, and the CES show), the 45-day-long Kickstarter brought in $1.7 million in support from close to 37,000 backers.
π + e = PINE + 64 (64-bit processor) = PINE64
PINE64 was set up as a community of developers and users to define the direction of the technology with three defining financial principles from the onset and into the future:
- No venture capital funding
- No debt
- No stock IPO
PINE64 has zero employees. All development comes from contractors or contributors.
PINE64 is not a product development company. It is a community that develops products.
An interesting bit of trivia is that almost all of PINE64's web presence runs off of a cluster of ROCKPro64 SBCs!
PINE64 is a very active community that is eager to help each other out.