I would not call it a fork. At least it is not my intention to split the Smack project. The community is here at Jive, the bug tracker and discussion boards and everything. Rather** **I need a bug-fixing release (just as Walter did), but I need it now.
About managing with a decentralized repository: It is not my intention to grant commit access to this repository to anybody, but rather encourage everyone in the community to create their own repository by cloning the community repository. I am certainly willing to apply patches or pull from other repositories for all changes I deem appropriate. In any case, once we start using Git, the repository at repo.or.cz is nothing special, you can just clone it again, put in your patches, tell people about it and if they trust you they can pull your changes from you instead of tracking my repository.
This way not the leadership of a project decides who can be trusted, but the community does.