This was my response in the comments:
"You're absolutely right with your assessment about the need for Simplicity, but I guess, you've missed the XOOPS extension called "Common Utilities" (http://rmcommon.com/en/) :)
So I invite you to download the latest version of XOOPS 2.5.8 (https://xoops.org/modules/news/article.php?storyid=6762), the Common Utilities extension, incl. some of the modules created with this new architecture (http://rmcommon.com/en/modules/)
and take it for a spin and let us know what you think.
The Common Utilities will be part of the upcoming "next generation" version of XOOPS - see more on our XOOPS Roadmap: https://github.com/XOOPS/XoopsCore/issues/252 "
As a follow-up to the article in Tech Republic, the author conducted an interview with us, and it is now posted there as "One on one on one with XOOPS"
So as you can see from the interview, there are a lot of cool things coming for XOOPS, but we need your help, so please get involved: https://xoops.org/modules/news/article.php?storyid=6765
Check out XOOPS on GitHub: Let's Get involved!