I see a more subtle problem with the bazaar after watching it for a bit.
The cathedral builders, much like the company design teams of old, had a coherent vision. The people who built UNIX had a small group of people who all met each other and shared a goal. Pretty much the same thing for the early days of GNU, Emacs, etc.
Now we have warring tribes almost having wikipedia style edit wars carried out in slow motion in the repositories of projects and distributions. We don't agree on the general direction anymore. By knocking down the gates and allowing anyone in, we allowed anyone in. So no more agreement on where we want to go and no real way to decide. So we get UNIX haters with commit access to the core cultural artifacts of UNIX.