I'm a user and a tester, not a dev, and I know nothing (and don't want to know anything)
about the personal politics between Debian developers. So that's all I'll say on that subject.
To Steve's original point:
First, a big THANK YOU! to Steve for taking this job on. I, for one, an grateful.
I use Debian a lot, but I'm only an occasional user of the Debian Live images.
But when I need them, I need them. And when I need them, I want them to just work.
If having them there and working when I need them means I have to add them to my
list of things to test and report on, I'm willing to make that investment.
Please add me to your "testers" list.
PS: On a related topic: What I think would be really cool, would be Debian Live images
for some of the ARM architectures. Something I could dd to a USB stick and boot
right away when I get a new box in for testing. Even cooler would be the ability
to use that self-same live image to install Debian after the testing phase was over.