I'm looking at this GSoC project that I'm willing to take on.
Which has "move away from smarty" on it's project description. Smarty, in the context of email messages, is used to replace the contact greeting names in email templates. So, I don't understand why we want to move away from smarty. Is it because we can accomplish the same task by using a simple PHP variable without having to use an extra library? What type of better solution are we looking for?