Sorry, but FSF/GPL are most definitely not about "user freedom," the users are not even mentioned once. All it cares about is developer freedom.
Also, Red Hat said that there is no money to be made on distributing desktop Linux, not that it is irrelevant. If you look around, every company into Linux is focused on servers, on embedded systems, or it is called Google and targets smartphones. Canonical's Ubuntu is trying to break even by targeting the same space. It is not some hipocrisy to target servers and be active in moving the desktop forward. Without a polished graphical desktop you won't be able to interest anybody in your operating system offering nowadays.
Yes, Linus Torvalds complained, and everybody took that as a sure sign that Gnome 3 was done in. Reading later posts by Linus shows he is using Gnome 3 day-to-day. But that is no news...
It is the rare feature that can be implemented without any impact whatsoever on the rest of the system. And the (limited!) developer time and interest available have to be spent on high priority items, not on the favorite rant of a tiny minority. If focus follows mouse truly is so easy to do and so low impact, you surely can do it yourself.
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