Sounds a lot like like the so-called distro we had here long time ago, ultumix. Turned out it too was somwehat of a scam. Just an individual taking other people's work without giving credit and passing it off as their own.
I'm fine with branch-offs, forks and even re-branded packages as long as their etymology is kept and they are presented as-is. A lot of work goes into a fork so that eventually it gets to stand on its own.
I'm naturally suspicious of re-brands with minor tweaks - they tend to end up badly and, for as long as they are alive, taint the original by association. I have no need for such packages and wouldn't install even if they were available in-repo. Apart from that, Tex may not be the only decisionmaker around here nowadays but when he speaks, I listen. I've learned to trust his judgement. He's been proven right so many times in the past, it'd be folly not to!