To Clone or not to Clone? Seems to be the bane of DroneCodes existence.
Putting anything into the air is all about mitigating risk. If your a young person, with little or nothing to lose, you don't really care about safety or damaging other people's property, it doesn't matter to you that a lot of people in the community you supposedly care about are being taken advantage of, then buy a clone.
But if you want to be a responsible drone operator, want to come onto forums like this and others to ask for help, are flying a drone commercially then don't buy a clone.
I don't remember the comedian who had the jokes "You might be a redneck if..." But for us it would be something like "You might be an Idiot if...." add your favorite clone manufacturer to complete the joke.
Sorry for the Tongue-N-Cheek reply but to try and debate the efficacy of purchasing a clone on this forum not only makes us all idiots but hypocrites as well. The HobbyKing clone of the PixRacer is not just a clone, its a counterfeit controller. It is being marketed as if it were produced by the original manufacturer, even down to the fact that they call it the "Xracer" the working title of the board before it went public. It was brought to my attention that it even includes the identical silk screen with the AUAV logo on it. Plus its about the same price! Why would anyone buy, or justify the purchase of this rip-off?
The larger debate shouldn't be about clone or not to clone, but why as an open-source community do we tolerate this? More importantly why does DroneCode tolerate it? So if and when AUAV takes their design and manufacturing elsewhere maybe HobbyKing and other cloners will step in to design and manufacture the hardware for you. That'll be fun.
Maybe the joke should be "If you purchase a clone you might be an -- Idiot, an A-hole, a hypocrite. [I'd like to use more colorful language but you get the point].
Here's a though, how about if we simply try to support the people who are trying to support us?