I know that a lot of work is done right now on github primarily merging pull requests, branches and private Odoo forks into master(I suppose that this is somehow the v9 branch) but since there are no milestone issues for v9 no one can tell where will finish the need work to release the next version of Odoo. I know that Odoo s.a are working on a private fork in R & D but in my opinion it's a very bad use of community resources, Odoo developers are great but in the community you could find great developers too and the reason of develop and maintain an enterprise version(what is this? changes in usability and some few behaviors? a few differents modules?) doesn't seems to be a good reason to have the community away from the development of core modules and roadmap of the release. Could have the better internals of direction from Odoo point of view but for me it's not a very intelligent way of do this. Take an example:
Someone download an odoo_9.0alpha1.latest.tar.gz from nightly master, found some bugs or may have an another opinion of how something should be done, technically or functional.
Where should he will be report those issues?, Github? doesn't seems to have any issue activity, just acting like a forum, there is no referenced commits/pull requests/comments/responsible for the issues. How will he known that someone is working or not in those issues for he/she(of course) that decided to begin working on resolve what he found and make a pull request, how those pull request will known to be ok without a discusion of what need to be done? or who else is working on that? to join efforts or to not break something when another existing pull request get merged?. It's for a crazy person start right now to work on something complex and with a high level of efforts without this knowledge just for see their work in the trash when he discover that he miss the shot in what he though that was ok.
This are just ideas, but I'm sure that they are happening actually because of how Odoo S.A are managing things around the development of Odoo core and addons. I'm happy to contribute in every way I can to open sources projects but the contributions in Odoo seems to be restricted by Odoo S.A itself.
Help me to understand if I'm wrong in this ideas