I know the thread. I also know that many of the people wanted to know when and also wanted to know exactly what the money was going to be used for.
People listened and acted accordingly.
The result of that was better documenting deliverables and timelines. To be honest, there is energy and synergy in the community right now that wasn't there just two months ago. I bet that if it reaches critical mass - you will see something useable (not finished) before the end of the calendar year. Of course, I will win this bet since Pugs
is useable today even if it isn't finished.