I'm not a fan of Gentoo but it seems like the only substantive problem here is the management
of the foundation, followed by trolling by this Daniel Robbins guy.
The other two things mentioned in this article aren't really relevant. Consider Debian (my
preferred distro, as it happens). The DWN newsletter has been intermittent at best since Joey
Schultz gave up on it years ago. Since then it's been painfully sporodic and currently hasn't
been published since July of 2007!
The website, too, is pretty much only updated for security fixes, and I assume that's done by
an automatic script somewhere. Other than that it's tragically unmaintained (wasn't that a
campaign promise of the current DPL to fix?).
But nobody's going to take those two data points and try to extrapolate that Debian is dying.
The number of packages supported continues to boom, more developers are coming on board, bugs
are getting fixed, and progress is getting made. I think the problem with the newsletter is
that it's a fairly big responsibility to put that together every week, and the stress of a
weekly deadline can zap the energy out of such a volunteer project. A website seems like
something that can pretty easily slip through the cracks when compared to the immense problem
of maintaining a modern Linux distro.
So it seems like Gentoo needs to fix its foundation, or move to be under an umbrella
organization with a staff that can keep things straight, but other than that this whole thing
looks like controversy drummed up by Mr. Robbins as part of a power grab.