you are right about disclosure, but there are actually provided firmware for some application (opengl), we can just hope the DS will be public.
But i understand that this will (actually we have to work to make distribution usable) be a problem
Yes, it's a nice cheap platform, until you add an HDMI-capable monitor, a keyboard, buy an SD card, download the software and copy it to the card (for which you need a PC/Mac), find a power supply that is not underpowered, and a micro-USB cable without too much internal resistance.
if you look at the most expanse things obviously it will cost. my cheap mouse +keybord is sold for 10€(and is wireless), SD (4gb) with pre-loaded SO is sold for 10€, HDMI cable i'm using was 5€ at supermarket (or 2€ RCA), suggested alimentator is 5€..
total (also with expedition) is ~55€
add a basic monitor (less than 45€) and with 100€ you have a full system.
There are getting very jumpy over at the Pi forum, I just had a thread closed down, I was answering questions on the current capabilities of the GPIO pins.
Stock question and answer over here but it is a bit of a taboo subject over there apparently:-http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=44&t=8668
i don't think this discussion was falling in conspiracy. (this discussion reminds me some discussion about the arduino DUE...).
It is not bad to talk about it, but i'm sure OT and almost all the forum is full of this kind of discussion.