I am not thrilled at the OPENness of the "Open Source" Arduino team.
"Open Source after we make all the decisions and run prototypes with a select few, and then we'll publish what we did
Instead of just releasing the finished platform we are opening the process to the community early on.
Ultimately, the "Open Source" argument is academic.
"Open Source" cultures do not mix well with regimented, secretive, proprietary, corporate cultures like ATMEL.
"regimented, secretive, proprietary, corporate cultures like ATMEL"and yet isn't everything about the chips we use published on their website for us engineers?
The benevolent dictator model works
For those of us who want a widely collaborative development effort, I don't think Arduino is gonna be it.
I suppose a company can not be PURELY open source software & hardware, otherwise making a profit would be very difficult,