Phil Sturgeon, one of those selected to a spot in the Engineer group of the CodeIgniter Reactor community branch, has posted a few thoughts of his own about the moves EllisLab has made and the reaction from the community he's seen.
Since what some have referred to as "CodeIgniter-gate" EllisLab's have done a great job of listening to the points raised by me and other members of the community and in part I believe we have effected change. [...] Good news right? Hell yes. This is exactly what the CodeIgniter community has been looking for. EllisLab need to keep their core version working for themselves of course and have always suggested that if a feature is to be integrated then it needs to be heavily tested first.
He follows this with a "but" in the form of a few common comments from the community - unfortunately negative. He also mentions the UserVoice forum where developers can suggest new features and hash out ones suggested by others. If you'd like to contribute code, you can still fork the main repository for now and push back with pull requests.