I don't understand even a small fraction of what I read over at XDA, but I like hanging there anyway.
I'm one of those people that don't need the latest and best all the time. I usually wait until refurbs are sold at good prices, especially when new models are about to be introduced. So a year from now I look forward to play with one (or both) of the new Nooks. By then I'm sure the XDA people will have provided lots of fun stuff to play with!