Originally Posted by MattyB
Maybe, but my point is that the "system" is already broken for the major manufacturers if their premium $800-$1500 radio has the same or less functionality as a $50-200 open source based TX. I'm sure you will rightly say those OS TXs don't have the same physical quality (gimbals etc) or usability as the premium brands yet. However, it's clear from the information coming out every day on the Turnigy and particularly the FrSky radios that their creators are serious about addressing these points and upsetting the status quo in the medium term.
Yes, they seem to have adopted the open-source strategy and opened up a whole new hobby within a hobby there and that can't be anything but great. Most RC hobbyists aren't willing to get in there and be responsible for all that software stuff--they just want it to work. And that will work fine until the open source guys come up with something really killer that you can't do with commercial radios.
Then you might see the "premium" radio companies letting the open source guys have access to some software features. It all depends on what kind of quality comes out of a bunch of enthusiasts working for free and the market penetration open source friendly radios achieve.