> If we accept your premise that we should concentrate on users rather than developers, then the answer is simple. The preferred form of source is no source at all; it just confuses them.
No, the answer is almost any reasonable form that allows the user to (at first) "study", (later) "change", and (perhaps, eventually) "improve" the software. (These terms are from the quote I used in my previous post.) The fact that source code will likely just confuse most people using computers (at first, I'd say) is no reason to concentrate on (in this case) kernel developers when interpreting "preferred form".