And for what it's worth, the Pandigital site now has the 1/14 OP firmware available thru it's updater program, but it does not come with all the extra goodies built in (CPU and graphics).
I loaded it. Added 2 patches (root access and volume key). Hit the loop with those, but as Willy mentioned, this doesn't seem to be a danger when just flashing the patches. Used root explorer to change the SDK to 8 and added on Adobe Reader X.
So I've got it where I want it, but definitely sounds like the "Stop The Presses" build is the way to go.