OK, read enough.
My view on the whole project is that it is an attempt to re-enforce what the BBC did with the BBC Computer and what Clive Sinclair did with the MK14 et al a loooong time ago
This is a matter or trying to set a standard that the education community can use to teach our kids the 3 R\'s of the 21st century.
It does not matter who sets the standard as long as it is open and free for everyone to learn the new vital skill of driving computers. And I do not mean how to create a spreadsheet!!
This skill of not only knowing how to drive the vehicle, but also how to service and maintain it is as vital today as the skills of writing and arithmetic were 20 years ago.
Those of us in the industry can benefit from this standard mass production by creating products at a far lower cost than was previously feasible. Home NAS solutions, Video Surveillance, Alarm Systems etc. Exactly the same thing was done on the base of the BBC Computer a long time ago.
This setting of standards was picked up an severely abused by Microsoft in the late 70\'s and early 80\'s, and I for one would be overjoyed if there were to be a repeat performance of the BBC Micro project in an environment where all can share and no one corporation grabs all the profit.
Finally if you are going to benefit from the project financially, then you should also contribute to the project, either with open source versions of your applications, or with premium payments for the systems. If you are going to make 2-300% profit on your product because a charity has designed and manufactured your platform, the I feel it is only right that you pay your share of the costs..
OK now I will stop rambling