Why don't YOU take the reference design, modify it, then get the boards made with a 'Textool socket'
I assume you mean a ZIF socket
Textool is a Chinese brand that makes thousands of connectors
Though I see little to no reason to do this
My plan is to use the Uno as prototyping platform together with a breadboard.After a project is completed, I'll take out the ATMega and put it on a stripboard together with the rest of the needed components. The Uno will then get a new ATMega for the next project. I don't think this is so uncommon.
I'm not able to spend 20 € + tax + shipping for a new Uno for every project. In that case, I'd rather buy china clones for 5 € (including shipping) each.
Nope. According to the german wikipedia article about ZIF sockets, Textool is a brand name owned by the US company 3M.
When I develop products, I use an UNO with breadboards to create a working prototype. Then I program an ATMEGA328 , using a programmer & a breakoutboard I made with a ZIF socket. I build the final with the programmed chip. I have only ever removed 1 chip from an UNO, and that is due to ME destroying it!