I have the opportunity to lead a session at the Python Language Summit at Pycon.
In order to prepare this event, I am currently building a survey because we need to know how people use Distutils, what is wrong with it, and so on...
The draft is here : http://wiki.python.org/moin/Packaging%20Survey
When it's ready (hopefully soon), I'll post it in a SurveyMonkey-like system online for people to take it, and synthetize the results, so what I am saying at the summit reflects hopefully the reality.
If you are a Python developer, an OS packager, come to the Distutils-SIG mailing list and help us build the best survey possible !
(while the draft is in a wiki, it's better to discuss the changes in the mailing list before it is applied)