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Big projects like OpenIndiana need dedicated teams when it comes to maintaining packages, patching security bugs, and even then ensuring all the projects work completely.
My thoughts in this...
Downsize the project.
The entire project could be stripped down to the bare minimum for a complete working system... like a Slackware Linux approach. Bare minimums with the most functionality, commonly used build tools, and then reside everything else to community maintained build scripts.
This way fewer people are required to maintain the project and keep it working.
However, this would also mean the killing off of dependency resolution, but it wouldn't be needed anyway if everything completely optional went assigned to the community and lists of dependencies would be named. Just as Slackware has SlackBuilds, OpenIndiana could have OIBuilds.
Patrick Volkerding who maintains Slackware even quoted Lao Tzu that said, "In order to lead, one must follow."
It's a sound option if there ever was one, and it would not only help out OI with maintaining itself, but it would allow for OI to become more community involved.
Note that there are already stripped down projects concurrently to OpenIndiana, like SmartOS, EON and Omnios. They all share the same core (illumos kernel and utilities) but are targeted to specialized platforms instead of a general purpose desktop, like OpenIndiana.
One fairly trivial thing that could have a big return is some pizazz on the OpenIndiana website. I check back every once-in-a-while and see the same intro page that's always been there. It makes it look like it's dead and no one pulled the plug yet. The July 29 news was the first difference I remember seeing in years.