Andrew Nacin posted http://wordpress.org/development/2010/07/100-million/ about, how the community is growing in wordpress.org and promises time for developing. Now plugin developers are especially targeted too. I think this is very awesome, as I’ve been thinking to begin plugin developement too, because many custom needs come accross so often. I think it’s also quite safe to say that continuity of plugin developement is essential for WP to sustain its position and grow steadily.
One thing I’ve wished for long time to the plugin catalog in wordpress.org, is better support and a better community info about the plugins. If I understood corectly they are going to do just that. It will also help developers to find bugs easier and give others possibility to share knowledge about how they use a certain plugin.
Hope we can see the update soon