My interest in hardware is mainly to see what can we do to bring truly, wholly free systems closer to the mainstream.
The state of affairs is incredibly anti-ethical and repugnant to me.
Read-only open systems aren't really free if people can't use them to make the best machine the machine is capable of becoming.
There's no good reason meta-machines must be read-only, or write-with-caveats-only. It's just a neoliberal deviation that too many have accepted as the new normal.