Well hopefully this comment will carry some weight as another FE developer working to overcome similar obstacles.
To say this didn't carry any subliminal advertising for linuxICE would certainly be untrue. However, i do find quite a few of his points to be correct, just the interpretation to be a little off. The average user does not like change for the sake of change, being told that one FE is better then another even by a developer that knows what they are talking about carries very little weight. People want palpable features!!! Just another FE capable of playing music or accepting plugins doesn't draw users the same way modern bluetooth, nextGen speech recognition or well integrated navigation do.
The sad fact here is that this FE may be a well designed very scalable FE or it may be a terrible architecture that just happens to have a few new features (Sorry but RR's getting singled out there). All we as FE developers can do is design the best FE possible, so that when the icing on the cake is added (the real innovation), and people find something they like, its not just slightly better icing but an all around better cake.