in fact, if paldo is for freaks, then it's good for us !!
We are a small team located in france and we have done a similar work on our side.
We are not pure developpers but we can takle from time to time with scripts or pieces of code. But surely not to developp a soft from zero as upkg.
Today we have about 1000 packages and we're more server oriented (no desktop)
We use nAlfs as packager and it's lack of package management as you know, and I think that you see why we're really interested in upkg
AT the time of this writing, I think that we have mor than 150 servers based on our work in production and management is becoming a pain.
Now, I would like to evaluate what is in common between you and us. What are the difference we have in the way of make making packages and may be propose to join you if there is a consensus. (about 4 persons more to help).
Then during my exploration, I can write some documentation (even if I am not good at that).