There's something of a contradiction in Red Hat's official response.
On one hand, Red Hat says that by discontinuing the itemization of kernel patches, they can put other distros at a disadvantage and thus "compete" against rivals, and on the other hand they say that since all the important stuff is "upstream first" they're not really being unfreindly to the community.
Which is it? Are they being obstructive other distros or not? The Debian Linux package maintainer says they are.
So, the two unanswered questions are:
* Is Red Hat saying that the Debian Linux package maintainer is wrong (or exaggerating, or being blown out of proportion by the media)?
* Has Red Hat found a way to impede nasty rivals without being obstructive to the general kernel community?