What’s the Value of Hackable Hardware, Anyway? « bunnie’s blog

There is plenty of skepticism around the value of hackable products. Significantly, hackability is different from openness: cars are closed-source, yet support vibrant modding communities; gcc is one of the “real OG”s of open source, but few users find it easy to extend or enhance. Is it better to have a garden planted by the most knowledgable botanists and maintained by experienced gardeners, or an open plot of land maintaned by whoever has the interest and time?