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Hey Dave, 
On the G. Carlin style rant. A literary masterpiece shouldn’t be altered. One of these days a tech archivist will stumble upon that piece, and say, “Oh my fucking god, that’s awesome, and so encapsulates that era.” Keep it, it’s under appreciated. 
I read about your struggles with your project, the time out of your life, and I’d guessed about the pull of other projects, and hard choices. It seemed to me that CERO was a best-kept-secret that everyone should hear about. Your system, which is more like an operating system, than firmware, felt right from the beginning, and ready for the next step, beyond mainline Linux and Openwrt, and on to mainline users. 
I see that you have a chicken and egg dilemma, in that too much of a good thing has several outcomes, so which do you choose? Sometimes funding is slow to come in the very early stages. You’ve had a rough time, funding and working at the same time. I thought that writing about it might bring publicity that would help with funding. Because routers are more important now, than before, I wondered why a tech journalist hadn’t picked up on your project. I see a few stories have begun to appear in the New York Times, and tech magazines about MESH.
MESH networks are socially important to places like Ferguson, MO, towns under duress. Just think what a crude but fast mesh could have meant to that community, and similar communities at risk for civil emergencies, or for that matter, survival after hurricanes or earthquakes or whatever is in our future, since our physical communication infrastructure is disappearing. Think about the Comcast merger that will determine the speed of WiFi or who is allowed to log on and who is not. I’m guessing not a profane blogger who wants to make an awesome point.
A MESH network, where nodes can be thrown up on demand, and healed when others go down, is the future. And, without the bloat, the CERO MESH is possibly easier and faster than other firmwares. And though it’s a bit complex for the average person, someone always knows someone who can help them with it. The Netgear router you’ve chosen is inexpensive, prevalent and usable, and that makes it easier for CERO to spread quickly after this most recent release. It’s good hardware.
Current router firmware is so full of holes that fixing one is like digging a deep hole in the ground, and throwing the dirt in behind us, only to have it fall right back in the hole, and fill it up again. Even after the Asus, Cisco, name it, debacle with USB and other flaws in router firmware, manufacturers don’t seem to get it. People have had enough disengagement with security, with buggy software that wasn’t well developed to protect them or speed up their connection. 
Your firmware is ahead of its time. That makes it difficult. We’re just learning how little manufacturers feel about customers, and how necessary it is to our everyday lives, for banking, relationships, shopping, and future lives, when  online medical consultations become ordinary, and maker communities design prosthetic limbs to print online, and a shitload of other services that we haven’t thought up, yet, happen online, but can’t do without.
All of this stuff, I’m sure you know, but it never hurts to say it again.  Feel free to reprint the stuff from my blog on you site or wherever it helps you. I’ll be following your progress with interest.