Recently the company that manufactures official Arduino boards (under license from Arduino.cc (Arduino LLC)) has decided that it is the rightful owner of the Arduino trademark and no longer pays royalties to Arduino LLC and hasn’t done for about a year. If you want to know the ins and outs read the recent court filing by Arduino LLC.
Arduino.cc (Arduino LLC) has been around a long time and has been the driving force behind the name and the product. There is a huge community that supports and extends Arduino and a large part of the creativity of the maker movement has been enabled by Arduino and I hope this continues and that Arduino SRL doesn’t damage, water down or introduce confusion into the community.
The creation of a competing Arduino website, along with a fork of the Arduino software development environment with higher version numbers than that offered by Arduino.cc is likely to confuse newcomers.
As mentioned earlier, Arduino.org has stopped paying Arduino.cc royalties for the boards it manufactures. Any ‘official’ Arduino boards sold in the last year (even those bought from a reputable supplier) won’t be supporting Arduino.cc. This position is likely to continue until the court case is resolved.