Forum OpenACS Q&A: Response to ACS 4.6 Release
The only goal is to improve OpenACS as widely and quickly as possible for competitive reasons. Therefore it really wouldn't be clever to neglect the innovative potential of aD developers. This is directed towards innovative ideas, datamodel, pageflow of ACS 4.6+. As Don put it: The ONLY thing that we were not quite comfortable with was Java and NOT aD's innovative potential.
In my opinion aD's move towards Java+Apache+ADPL is reasonable from a business perspective. BUT in order to avoid this kind of discussion (and maybe further frustration towards aD) aD's execs should have released effects of the ADPL on OpenACS together with Bryan's post!!!