I can't say I'm surprised to see LWN attacked for getting to the heart of the matter (in fact it was predicted in advance), but their article actually does a good job with a complex problem in Arch's dev team. It is not as simple as non-contributors. Just the energy of their panic should tell you truth has been struck.
As someone wrote me in email:
> 2. Every criticism you have levied against the Arch devs is borne out
> in their responses. They haven't implemented package signing and
> checking because it isn't "fun" (in their own words). "Lack of
> leadership" is too kind a way to describe the apparent loathing Arch
> devs have for their users.