> There is inevitably a wall between the majority of community members and the blessed: the decision makers, the developers.
That is more accurate if rephrased to say:
There is a inevitably a wall because people that don't actually use the software but rant up and down forums about how much it all sucks and thee the people that devoted huge portions of their lives to actually hacking on the software.
Free software is, and always will be, a meritocracy. People that do the work are the ones that make the decisions. And this is absolutely how it needs to be. Anything else is borderline slavery.
> Gnome is now officially a Red Hat testbed for their halfbaked stuff that nobody uses (Spice) and their weird design choices (Gnome-Shell).
I use Spice and it works fantastically. It is far and away superior to VNC or the SDL-based framebuffer that Qemu supported prior to it.