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Yes, these are very good points, all true, thanks.

I still think that while this monolith has its drawbacks, the fact that any component can be substituted as long as it confirms to the official API is really powerful. For example k3s uses sqlite instead of etcd.

Having small components that do one thing well (Unix philosophy) is certainly one way to go (I still haven't found somebody who doesn't love Hashicorp tooling, myself included) but the k8s idea of having one (big, possibly bloated for many cases) "standard" way of doing things while being customizable/extensible is really powerful. If Hashi came up with some (extendible) glue/package tooling then a lot of people doing/looking at k8s right now will seriously look at them (myself included).

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