perhaps you miss understand. If gnome was just a desktop then no big deal. But it's also a platform on which to develop products that put food on the table. Now that it's taken this direction and loosing users, and become somewhat crippled, it's not a very attractive/reliable platform to build on. There are more people than just me paying attention and giving GNOME a wide berth. This year, the next, and maybe forever, won't be the year of the desktop for GNOME unless they do it all themselves. But that isn't going to happen. They are too busy ripping and rebuilding the foundations.