Also, I don't remember seeing all that much of either "hate" or critique around, unless one tends to consider any discussion whatsoever on what might have been done differently and why or indeed any dissenting opinion doubting that everything was/is being done in the absolutely most ideal way conceivable as an "attack".
Oh, there has certainly been a significant amount of unwarranted and badly thought-out criticism. It mainly comes from those who have yet to understand what RasPi is supposed to be, and why. There has been a sustained torrent from one or two posters – quite why they continue to hang out here, given that the Pi will never be what they seem to think they deserve it to be, I have no idea. This latter group were the original reason why I posted the off-topic thread about whether people actually cared about the goals of the foundation (which, I might add, has produced some very encouraging posts).
Sure, the Pi's not above criticism, but most of the things one could criticise are technical, tied to the design, and not things we (or the foundation) can do anything about at this stage. Lack of VGA, and powering options, fall into this category - there ain't much that can be done about them. Viewed from above the morass of tiny technical issues and nitpicking, though, Pi is an incredibly positive project. That's why people get defensive about it.
 Personally, I think the choice of Linux is probably the only really bad choice that's been made, but the word "choice" implies there were / are other workable options.
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