I'll copy here what I put as a comment on the related post in the home page ...
What I don’t really understand why there are so many folks overreacting on a defensive manner with some lame excuses like RPF is a “charity”, “they intended this or that”, “the end goal is this or that”, etc, etc.
I don’t believe anybody is blaming or accusing RPF of bad faith, or whatever, what is it clear is that the launch was not as successful as many kool-aid drinking heads pretend to believe, totally understandable, RPF screwed up, was there a better way to do it, probably, but the past has to be just a learning lesson for whatever is done in the future, and what it is quite clear is that RPF needs help to move this to the next level, and not talking heads or carbon based answering automatons, cut the hype level a little bit and bring back the end mission to the front page and as the main topic of discussion.
Trying to make everybody happy and putting an unfinished product for the general market and creating so much expectation will backfire and become a nightmare for RPF, the developers and the distributors.
No harm if with a wide criteria you qualify who is and who is not a developer, and yes include some end users as test subjects, and you say, listen the final product will be available in Q1 2013, meanwhile we are offering a limited number (which still can be a big number) of developers the opportunity to test, debug, develop, contribute, etc, so the end product becomes much much better.
This is just an opinion, and I hope the best for RPF and their mission, as a hardware/firmware developer and computer science and networking nerd, I’m still excited to have at some time the opportunity to contribute with more than 30 years of experience. I’ve two young kids and I’d love to let them learn to program and how computers work using a Raspi, and have them feel the same thrill as I felt when I put my hands on the first microprocessor kit, or the Sinclair, or TI-99, or Commodore-64 or Atari, or Apple I/II, you name it.
Raspi has the magic to bring back those days and let dinosaurs of electronics and computer science like me to transmit those feelings and knowledge to new generations.
So cut it out with the defensive mode and switch to constructive mode.