Um, pardon me, but could you point to where the Foundation has seemed openly hostile to deep understanding of the hardware?
First of all, the responses to people asking about releasing schematics and PCB layouts - which are obviously finalized at this point and take about 3 mouse clicks to release. The attitude that 'you don't need it because you can't buy the chip and can't fab it yourself' is, I would say, openly hostile to a deeper understanding of this hardware. I can't see any good reason not to just release this stuff, and the foundation responses have seemed excessively defensive.
About the Broadcom stuff, I understand their hands are tied and that the constant requests are frustrating, but the attitude seems to be more like 'you don't need that information, so go away' and even argumentative about why someone might want that information, rather than helpful. IMO it doesn't really matter why people want the information, so I don't know why the staff keep heading down that path. Having it out there does nothing but help both the foundation's stated goals and the organic learning the board seems like it would be perfect for. If it's not possible, that's one thing, but there are plenty of arguments coming from the foundation about why nobody needs that, which doesn't really jive with the open philosophy.
The larger point of my OP, which seems to have been missed, is that people see tons of potential here, but can't really tell thus far whether it will be available to them or not, and that's frustrating for such an awesome looking board. While it might feel like negativity, I think this is very positive and belies a lot of interest in this kind of project; these people are excited about the possibilities, and don't want them to be squandered, they're not hating on the idea or the project.