I just mentioned this on another thread about the GPU, but it's more relevant here so it bears repeating.
One thing to keep in mind (which everyone in this thread seems to have done so
) is that the ultimate goal of the r-pi is to get a low cost computer into the hands of children to help improve computer literacy across the globe. Now as a very cool by-product of this goal, we hobbyist are being allowed to purchase the board and use it for our nefarious devices (mwa ha ha ha!).
Now the r-pi team has spent a *TON* of their unpaid free time in designing this top notch product and amazingly come up with a board that is (IMHO) within the reasonable definition of open source. Which, frankly, is astounding. It literally wasn't something they had to do, they're just that awesome.
So as discussions occur about the binary blob on the GPU or the lack of sata ports, or VGA, or whatever have you, just continue to keep in mind that the goal of the project is children education and accept it with dignity when the goal of the R-pi team conflicts with the desired addition of your desire
Thanks again for being respectful in this thread guys!