Steve, please don't fan the flames. The update to DaveJ's blog came because I emailed him politely and pointed out his error.
As for the OLPC stuff, it has been made abundantly clear that the shipping OLPC image will contain completely free software, including no binary blobs from Marvell. The binary blobs are there right now so the boards can be tested while the free firmware is written. I can dig up a reference for this if you want. Remember that the wireless card is completely new, not standard consumer grade stuff.
For the record, I do think we could do better getting stuff upstream. More on this (and Useful's challenges in this area) later.