The thing about developers release was only in the minds of those who believe they are developers and should get one first
Until RS and Farnell said otherwise, and that it needed certification, the Pi board as currently shipped was 100% intended as a "developer board". Don't believe me?
The initial release was always intended "for developers". Ship a limited number of boards out to a (largely) developer community, bash out the bugs, get the software and support packages for education developed, and then go for the "educational" launch. I'd go and search out some comments from the "we hope to be shipping at the end of this month" period (August->December last year), but I'll leave that as an exercise for the reader.
Unfortunately (for the educational release), the whole damn thing went viral, which has led to a number of issues:
There was a mass rush for orders, a charge largely led by people who haven't been following the project and didn't / don't know exactly what to expect. The OP in this thread is (sadly for people Like Jessie) a mere taster of what is to come.
That mass rush meant that 10,000 development boards suddenly became half a million orders, and the whole shooting match got stopped until certification was done. That, as much as anything else, has torpedoed the educational launch for this year, as far as I can tell.
Most of the developers I know, and a large number of the people who've been on this forum since it started, still don't have Pi boards in their hands.
I think those people who can contribute most to the initial startup have already received their Pi's.
I don't share your optimism. The "largely developer" community of maybe 500 forum members who were here in August is now nearly 17,000. So, instead of being the major part of a project that wasn't even sure it could sell the initial run of 10,000 boards, the "old hands" are now ~3% of those who've bothered to register on the forums. Probably less than 1 in 10 of those members are actual developers.
I'm in email contact with a number of other developers who are intending to do interesting, education-related stuff with the Pi, and a number of others who are working on optimisation. None of us have Pis in our hands (that I know of) and distance Pi-sharing is likely to be the rule rather than the exception for some time to come.