A year ago I attended ELC-E and the schedule seemed to be making a point with presentations covering many of the different embedded build systems. Each had its features but also its disadvantages with no absolute clear winner. To me this summarises embedded in general which is sad as we could do so much better.
The Yocto Project gives us an opportunity to focus effort, address some of these issues and take embedded Linux to new places and a new level. I feel privileged to be part of it. It will be what the community makes of it though!