Even from my remote arm chair, I can tell that the article is in large parts inaccurate. Probably not such as good idea to use Phoronix as a trustworthy source, let alone their forums. The Phoronix-forum poster seems to be large uninformed about unity-2d contributions: https://launchpad.net/unity-2d/+topcontributors
As to forking GNOME control center, it seems working with upstream is largely out of fashion, there's not a single sign that Canonical even tried to collaborate with GNOME. I've come to expect very little of that peculiar relationship, but surely people can do better than *that*?