... Please don't get me wrong, I'm also patiently waiting for new release that appears to be major milestone. I'm also not using it for the moment cause Xine freezes occasionaly and I don't want to lower WAF (Wife (kids) acceptance factor).... And I'm also going through frustrating phases, but I'm trying to find positive thoughts and potential also....
Well I'm Pluto's user for a long time (I started back in "romantic" time, where guys had a lot of time solving problems in remote or IM assistance ). But I can understand that things got tightened with more and more users and more and more partners coming in. Afterall, team of professionals is currently developing, responding, helping, etc...
Project is going through crucial phase now, and team is putting efforts in release of more or less stable version to attract open source community also.
I bet you ask why we're still stuck with Pluto ? I'm currently not aware of any other project that would have such potentials as Pluto does and being opened at the same time. Also if you try to figure how complex system is that takes care of our media, house and life then at least I'm admiring team courage to deal with difficult problem.
Frankly said, I'm not sure if such system is yet possible to implement and make stable with all other problems going on under linux (drivers, stability of media programs, ivtv drivers and majority of apps and drivers being in alpha or beta stage)....
And yes, I think you're fully right - a little help on forums would boost community acceptance and size. If I can judge from my experience, when coming to new project I always first take a look at activity on forums and maybe a lot of potential users went by... But I hope that this effort (project) will go on and attract new people.
Hope this discussion helps a bit,