Was just gona post about this, but you beat me to it. Now normally I love sit back and watch a good flame roast as it tends to bring out the very best in peoples oratorial skills
However, this one concerns us SL fanboys directly. It is not such a big issue though, because we maintain our own overlay, and SL users do not have to use Portage for more than syncing that. Of course we all love to emerge this or that or even update world, but this is not necessary for SL to run as installed. Thats one very big thing that seperates us from pure Gentoo, which is entirely dependent on Portage, even as they do installs. So, if Gentoo dies, SL is not going to die, however, well be in some small troubles if we dont fork to our own repo system at least as a backup. Our small, yet vibrant Dev team are the best of the best IMO, and the future of SL is secure!
forgive me, i don't know too much about gentoo so i may be getting the wrong end of the stick.
but my fear is not that there will be a fracture in the community preventing builds, rather that this divisive and directionless chaos will cause gentoo to loose focus and stop being innovative and cutting edge.
in short; gentoo would become just another distro, except that it has a different build system, but a poorly maintained one because the project has no leadership and no goals.
whatever else may be said about suse, fedora, and ubuntu; they have good leadership, clear direction, innovative thinking, and strong community support.
but maybe my understanding of the nature of gentoo's problem is wrong........?