Well, I've been thinking about this. And I think I have pretty well put it in order. Jef and I, while we agree on a lot of things, disagree on some things, as well. Looking at the landscape, which as a consultant I see every day, FOSS is hugely underutilized by the mainstream.
My goal, and I think Canonical's goal, is essentially a positive one: Increase the usage of FOSS in this world. Jef's goal is (apparently) essentially a negative one: Stamp out proprietary software. (Note that I do *not* include Fedora in that sentence.) These goals have a common ground, but it is important to recognize that they are different.
If I see a product doing well that is 90% FOSS and 10% proprietary, I see that as a good thing. Perhaps not optimal. But a net positive. When Jef sees such a thing, he apparently sees it as evil, and tries his best to eradicate it. This has, in this case, taken the form of targeted and relentless attacks disguised as innocent concern for the community.
That is a welcome development for those who oppose FOSS, because the most effective way to attack a community is to get the members to attack each other. (There was a great Twilight Zone episode about that, BTW.) And if the members do it of their own accord, without the FOSS opponent having to get its hands dirty, that's even better.
Regarding Fedora's position in all this, my opinion of which I should probably clarify, I see it as being thus:
We don't like proprietary software. We know that we might be able to attract some more users if we did include some, but we would lose others. At any rate, we do not care to apply our talents and efforts to promoting proprietary software, or patent encumbered codecs, in any way, regardless of the net benefits to FOSS. There are other reasons. But for those we refer you to Red Hat Legal.
(Those were my words and not a quote from anywhere.)
The important thing to note in that is that it stops short of attacking users, distros, and developers who hold differing opinions. I can respect that position. What I cannot respect is Jef taking it the further step of setting out upon a personal vendetta against anyone who disagrees with his position that stamping out proprietary software is imperative, and should be our primary goal. I simply cannot condone that attitude at all.
One other thing. Jef is, effectively, a representative of Fedora. And, rightly or wrongly, my opinion of the Fedora community has been tarnished somewhat by his campaign. Maybe I'm alone in that, and maybe not. But it's something that Jef might consider.