Kenny Katzgrau has written up a post about some of the things going on with EllisLab, CodeIgniter and the CodeIgniter Reactor project from the perspective of one of the selected Engineers to head it up.
A couple of weeks ago, Derek Jones of EllisLabs announced that the CodeIgniter Core would officially be branched so a community-driven version of the framework could be created. This new branch will be called CodeIgniter Reactor. The plan, which was clarified today, is focused on allowing a select group of CI engineers to actively commit new features to the codebase, while taking feature requests via a uservoice forum. Over time, any proven, time-tested features in Reactor will be merged into the Core.
He touches on things like the Kohana framework, why he thinks the CodeIgniter community is still so strong, what he sees happening with the Reactor project and his own word to the skeptics.