Inspired by a dinner conversation at The Rails Edge, Bruce
Williams has created
a Rails patch to
enable Rails to load plugins installed as gems.

With this patch, you get plugins with the dependency- and
version-management goodness of RubyGems. Here’s hoping it gets
applied.

On a related note, Marcel pointed out last
night that we’re up to over 1000 unique gems in the main repository.
I wonder if it’s time to look at some kind of namespacing.