I figured I'd start this thread before someone else did the same.
Apparently there is some discontent within the Bukkit Community. Bergerkiller (NoLagg dev) put some of it into the open,
in his posts on this page (and follow the link to the github pull request, if you neeed to be further depressed).
It looks like at least some devs are thinking it would be worthwhile to fork the Bukkit project (for varying reasons)
It would take some major effort to accomplish anything in parallel to the Bukkit team.
I have no idea if anyone here has the will, skill, hardware and motivation to contemplate it.
I have to admit, I wouldn't at all mind Bukkit with built-in Spout and NoLagg. Optimisation all the way.
So, does anyone have any opinions/ideas/contributions to this? Can it happen? How?