Apologies if I've been slow to reply, but it's been because I've been heads down reading code and meeting with our top engineers discussing the proposal. Colin and Dave have done a great job throwing together something that looks good on paper, but given that BSN is going to bet the entire company on this project, it's important that we really drive down to a fine level of detail to convince ourselves that this makes sense and is feasible.
So, while I had talked with Colin a bit before the proposal came to light three days ago, only since then am I really starting to understand the implications of it, and I'm sorry to say that I have an increasing number of concerns about this merging proposal particularly around building on the SAL in its current form.
I'm doing my best to document these concerns and bring them to public discussion ASAP but some of them are very subtle (e..g, "yes, some of the function prototypes do _look_ the same, but the consistency guarantees are different, so this is a huge amount of work to port") and so it's a bit slow going.
The bottom line is that I'm rushing to get feedback on this and I'm very worried about people pre-supposing that "no news is good news". While we're definitely behind the high level idea of a "best of breed" merged controller, I think we're going to have to weigh in with a different view on how to get there.
I'll be working on this all night to see if I can get something in front of the TSC by tomorrow.