>While I fully understand the feeling that this is not ideal, calling something that has put over a million devices running Linux into people's hands "and enemy of Free Software" is cutting off your nose to spite your face.
If that were the only criterion, we would laud TiVo as a far greater force for free software.
Regardless, the thing that really upsets me about the RPi is the level of double-speak that comes from the foundation. If they were to acknowledge how closed their platform is in comparison to a standard PC that would be one thing, but to keep beating the drum about how open and amazing they are leaves a bitter taste.
Also, they've been pretty unpleasant to people who have anything critical to say about the project (and I don't mean me; I mean people who are more polite). The effect has been to give me a very powerful impression that they don't really care about openness at all except as far as it can be used for marketing purposes.