This article had far too many subjective bits in it. Doing minimal research from mailing lists and public sayings without a single attempt as far as I can tell to interview any parties involved. Referring to CentOS as a "dream" os then describing all the things that went wrong or could have gone wrong with it, talking about lead developers leaving, calling it non transparent without any data to back that up, mentioning that centos takes longer to get updates out then RHEL (ORLY?). It was just irresponsible reporting is all.
If corbet wanted to write an opinion piece, fine. But he threw some data together that made it seem like the foundation of centos was Lance and was crumbling even though it clearly wasn't. Turns out LWN readers aren't dumb after all, some of us even keep in touch with the CentOS devs regularly and saw the open letter for what it was. A successful attempt at change. The core development team set out do so something and accomplished it very quickly. Turns out that's what the story was and it's been missed by every major news outlet that covered it because a success story isn't juicy enough here.