Hello Jens, thank you for the reply!
Regarding my question of concerning allowing customers to potentially supply their own CPUs, I was referring to being able to purchase an ACA1260 or ACA1240 board with an empty socket, fully licensed for whichever CPU they plan to use. I certainly understand the massive collection of counterfeits out there but I'm sure I'm not the only enthusiast who has a surplus of verified legitimate and functional CPUs (unless they've figured out how to counterfeit the IDs in microcode too).
I guess what I'm saying is, if there was a channel in place to procure an ACA1260 that comes with out the CPU populated for a discount, that's an option I'd personally entertain... even if its sold with the understanding these are to only be used by experienced customers with no implied warranty whatsoever. If I'm a careless/ignorant customer who plugs in a CPU that turns out to be a rebadged 486 and smoke starts bellowing out of a CPLD...that's on me. Perhaps you've had too many negative dealings with unreasonable customers for this to be an option.
Regardless, nice job on the new accelerator it really does look great!