GTR2Fan wrote:What possible advantage does having the schematics give to any end-user
Well as the device is primarily targetting students, the obvious answer would be to see how it all works and try to understand it
Another answer (with some credit to L.Torvalds) would be 'So we can fix the errors'
But that's not my answer. I'm not an end user either. I develop commercial products. My company does not publish schematics. I've got nothing against the RPi foundation if they don't want to publish them.
It's common in the electronics world for manufacturers and consortiums to produce reference designs as a starting point for developers who are wanting to make something similar.
There are also open source platforms (notably the Arduino, but there are are others) where it is common practice to publish designs so others can use them as a reference design.
RPi is a registered charity, a not for profit organisation. That is perhaps why some people, myself included, assumed that this is an open platform. Perhaps this is mixed up, after all, commercial SoC manufacturers generally DO publish reference designs and sell modules. Nonrtheless, It's difficult to understand why a non-profit want's to keep trade secrets, but I'm sure you have your reasons.
However, given the potential for confusion (clearly many of us are), perhaps it would be better to come clean about this and state clearly that the Pi is NOT an open platform.
And if you do want to keep it closed then you certainly should NOT say that schematics will be published (as was stated at the start of this thread).
And finally, as a point of interest, what does the Pi foundation think about commercial use of it's products? Is it welcome?