The fork authors’ goal is to foster active development of PIL through:
This is great news for me, because there are several projects (this site included) that use PIL, and I have been worried about its future. In addition to the infrequent PIL releases, the lack of Python 3 support in PIL was starting to be a real drag...and it was the main thing that kept some of us on Python 2.7.
So yeah, it's nice to have a path forward...time to embrace the fork and move on. I will miss the PIL acronym.