compared to the huge articles whenever some gnomer farts in the wrong direction this 'article' is just pathetic. Thanks Michael for once again reminding me why I do not pay but instead look at shiny ads.
All of the media players go through phonon, which is a frontend for gstreamer, vlc, and a xine (there may be others, but gstreamer is the recommended and possibly only maintained one now)
The instant messenger is moving to be a telepathy frontend.
Okular uses the poplar pdf reading library.
konqueror/rekonq uses webkit and embeds other kparts.
Dolphin, plasma, and the PIM and office stuff are the only ones that are really 'ground up' everything else is built on common linux tech.
What should he write a longer article about?
If there's not much to write about, there's just not much to write about. And that's a major release.