That I'm going to quote myself from comments:
What is the role of a leader in this situation? You're looking at software of the highest quality (truly!) from an engineering point of view, which is if anything hampered by an overabundance of pedagogical ambition. It is as relevant and ahead of its time today as the day it was started, but has mostly languished due to a lack of attention. Isn't it the role of a leader to point to it and say "This is worth saving, what can we do to make this work?"