I really want to believe Mark’s post as I have nothing but goodwill for Ubuntu (if Ubuntu succeeds, we all succeed) and Mark. However, I have to say that I think there are at least two points which are overlooked in his post, and I suspect intentionally.
The first is the role that copyright assessment has played in this debate. It has appeared as one of the top concerns in almost everyone’s feedback, and yet Mark doesn’t even mention it. I can’t see how this is unintentional.
The second is that concerns about the way in which AppIndicators were being designed were expressed fairly early on. The one I can put my thumb on directly is this one in 2009 where I express my frustration that Canonical seems to be ghettoizing design discussions for a cross-desktop specification to the Ubuntu Ayatana mailing list. I hate to say I told you so, but, well… This conversation should have been in upstream from day one. No wonder GNOME didn’t buy in. Competition can only be competition if you actually show up at the same table to play. You can’t call it “competition in GNOME” when in fact it was designed and implemented without any input from GNOME. That is by definition, competition from outside GNOME.