Wishful thinking , I know, but personally I hope Johannes had a major change of heart and decided to go with a board that features headers, and into those headers you can plug the buttons, indicators, and display etc. Doing it that way, everyone gets what they want because they are free to connect the button types they prefer, and have complete freedom in their placement, and even the placement of the various elements relative to themselves.
There is no reason why buttons and indicators cannot be supplied along with the board on the end of wires, rather than being hard-wired to a preset design - same goes for the Axoloti itself with it's audio jacks, power, and USB/MIDI connections etc.
In other words, I think we should be able to just stick the board in an enclosure, and drill holes into whatever the hell we like in order to place the controls and display that is connected to it, with complete freedom.
Doing it that way, would also make Axoloti much more attractive to those wanting to run a business selling axo-based hardware products. I feel the same about the Axo itself, seems completely counter-productive to me to pre-populate the board, when using headers would keep the price lower, and allow more freedom to users basing their products on it.
I have serious respect for Johannes, what he's achieved with Axoloti, but the decision to pre-populate the boards seems to go against the whole point of having a completely customisable product to base audio hardware on, and generally a bad idea. No doubt there's a very good reason for it, but personally, I'm completely baffled by the decision to do that, because it just doesn't make sense to me, not in an ergonomical one, a cost effictive one, or a freedom one.
I do also see the attraction in receiving an Axoloti in an enclosure with the controls ready to go, but again, I honestly cannot imagine why inside that enclosure, it cannot be comprised of non-populated boards with wires connecting the controls to them.
Like I said, totally baffling to me, maybe it's just a Belgian thing