Yes, it is a sad state with the M2 and M3.
I assume much of the work is volunteer (and of so, I'm sorry), but it's so hard to tell.
It sure appears like it's someones job to post promotional stuff for the project, and I can't imagine someone manufacturing boards without investing into folks to do both promotion and development. If that's not the case, it should be.
And if we are gunning at some volunteers, and all manufacture has is volunteers, the volunteers neeed to walk, and find a better project, or the manufacture needs to "Man up" and fund the thing.
I also see a lot of fragmentation for the name and product "Banana".
Are we dealing with "Banana", "Leemaker", "sinovoip"?
An "org", a "com", or what?
I don't get it (and I don't want to "get it" either). Somewhere, one of these pages starts out trying to explain some sort of lawsuit. That's just bad news.
In fact, that all I see is "bad news". Boards that don't work, huge numbers of posts indicating vast support that does not exist, and customers left holding the bag.
Sorry, but either Banana (who ever that is), is going to "say sorry", and buckle down and produce one good distro, or the whole thing needs to be shut down.
I'm holding paperweights. I'm very sure what I write gets read. Has anyone contacted me to make things right? No.
I am reminded of Nvidia contacting me, telling me I might have a board with slight defect, and how they want to express me a new board in advance. It came overnight.
Here, the best contact I can hope for is to see yet another post: "Banana Pi M3 does fantastic new feature", and just cry when I waist my time to go look or try it.
I would much rather read "Banana Pi Facks Up - Says Sorry - No More Posts Till We Make It Right". I could deal with that!