Paolo, thanks for all your efforts for which I am eternally grateful.
With regards to your choice of loudly leaving the GNU project I am torn. I have read through your three points at least three times by now to try to get to grips with what you try to accomplish. Both personally (a paying fsf member) and professionally (sponsoring coding on GNU projects) I am involved with GNU, so your opinions mean a lot to me.
Please understand that it is hard to see how your outburst separates from that of Ulrich Drepper (glibc) and Peter Penz (dolphin). Glibc has appearantly been more prosperous without Ulrich, so today his outburst seems little more than a stubborn man being generally dissatisfied. The underpinning of Peter's resignation seems surprisingly similar to yours, a dissatisfaction with how fast things evolved, and the lack of fruitful direction and professionality in parts of the project, leading to software in the project out-competed by proprietary offerings. Only problem is, Peter's problems were with KDE, a project that embraces just about every change you complain about missing in GNU, so it seems developers will complain loudly no matter what a project does. BTW, I am also a proud member of KDE's Join the game, so I see both GNU and KDE as critical pieces in the success of free software. In other words, both approaches seems fruitful to me.
Hence, I hope you can shed a bit more light on your frustration. You have shared you frustrations, but you have said very little about what would motivate you to stay, and contribute more. As I am sure you understand, no open project can accomodate the wishes of all developers, so please try to focus on the really critical parts. That is, can you please share what you see as critical changes that needs to be done. To give an idea of what I am hoping to learn, here is a few direct questions:
Would funding for the GNU projects be sufficient for you to stay onboard?
Would a transition from C to C++ accompanied by clear and good coding guidlines be sufficient for you to stay?
Would abolishing copyright transfer (using a GPLv3+ licensing with distributed copyright) for GNU projects be sufficient for you to continue contributing?
Maybe simply being allowed to transfer copyright to FSFE would be enough?
Would RMS stepping down from GNU, only focussing on FSF be enough?
Would Nikos being heard somehow be enough?
Maybe GNU should get another governance model? Is so, what would be acceptable?
You see, I am left with a thousand questions, and this whole ordeal makes me really sad.