I just came across a 300-year old quote that sums up the Arduino/Freeduino "point". I found it through Wikipedia
, of all places:
Robert Burton, in The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621-51), quotes Didacus Stella thus:
"I say with Didacus Stella, a dwarf standing on the shoulders of a giant may see farther than a giant himself.
I think that pretty much sums it up. If you want new knowledge, as is done in science and research, you should let the dwarves (aka Freeduino) stand on your shoulders. If you are more interested in business, then you don't let them... but then you don't see as far.