I didn't need to do a search to infer that pjones is someone who has been deployed by RH to defend Matthew's plan. A few days ago, pjones wasn't even an LWN subscriber.
This whole thing smells really bad to me. At least two standard ploys have been used here that are usually more associated with politics (in the bad sense of that word).
1. Deploying extra people, previously not well known in the LWN forum, to defend a position by the preponderance of their comments.
2. Saying that we don't need to worry because it's only a proposal at this stage, and nothing is set in stone. (Obviously (1) it is a done deal already, or else all the RH people would be more open in their responses, and (2) when the initial attention and discussion has died down, the proposal will be set in stone.)
Secondly there's the ethical point, that RH have chosen overall to give aid to a Microsoft-inspired and Microsoft-favouring system, and to make themselves hostage to that, instead of unequivocally fighting against that.
Finally there are technical details that just don't seem to make sense, and where the "answers" given in these comments are inadequate and far below LWN's usual level of technical communication.
All in all, I'm afraid it's difficult for me to believe that there isn't an ulterior motive.