We’re aware of the current use of non-free synthesis tools. But it dint mean, we're happy with.
So far the flashing process uses now free/open hardware and software, something that was not possible before.
The history don’t end here, there are very smart people working on some replacement for this missing free parts, but is Work In Progress, and requires more people to join and develop around it.
As in contrast the GNU compiler was no developed in a free/libre system from once. All require transition, and support, keep that mind
If you are interested please join our irc channel #milkymist at freenode and tell us how you can help:
About the secrecy part i recommend you to read this interesting thread, worth take the time to read it, and scape from misinformation that is very common those days: