That GNOME developed....I think you mean that Novell, Red Hat, and Sun Microsystems developed....
Not an option for those users...part of the reason I'm glad I don't do dev work anymore.
That selects a file, not a folder. I've been in the GP's position before - you have to use Java at best, ActiveX at worst.
Wayland - the guys who built X? No, they are the guys that maintain X.org. I doubt any had any part of actually constructing X11, X10, or any other version all those years ago. The problem is it stayed at X11, and was slowly modified over time. With that said, there is nothing wrong with X11. They just want to have a project that they can say they did.
KMS - It's a pain in the rear. I don't want to have my text console default to whatever resolution that my monitor might be. And I wish I could still use my P3 laptop that I was using as a netbook - with the introduction of KMS Intel i8xx broke completely. And no, the VESA driver isn't an answer to that. It's sad that that laptop will run Windows 7 and 8 but not a recent Linux.
I know plenty of people who can't stand GRUB 2. KMS really isn't an issue for a lot of people - only if you're running old systems does it become a problem.
Adding on to that - it gets uglier because of the time between major releases in RH. His Gentoo install is probably updated weekly. Try updating a Gentoo install that's a year or two out of date (or older). Just try.
My current longest Fedora run has gone from Fedora 9 to 18, without too many issues.
RHEL doesn't have GNOME 3 yet...
It boils down to Red Hat is the name business knows. And relies on for support. The Fedora Project, aside from being a testing ground for RHEL, is very involved in upstream development, as is Red Hat in general. Thus giving RH/FC a solid standing with a lot of people.
Plus, Red Hat offers more products then just Linux for workstations and servers.
Users were happy with GNOME 2.x - they hated 3.x. Ubuntu tried to do something about it, which the users didn't like either.
Personally, I feel like you've captured the spirit of current Linux development. Don't like something? Developers don't care. You don't have a choice. Systemd, GRUB2, GNOME3, Wayland, KMS - doesn't matter, you're getting it whether you want it or not. And the old versions (or previous products) are left to die (until projects like MATE and Trinity form later on, if you're lucky).
FWIW, I still can't configure GRUB 2 easily. And KMS broke Linux on several laptops that I was still using. Linux does not run well on old hardware, and really doesn't run well anymore (period).
Cars are disposable devices? I am sure my 95 Saturn and 88 Ford would love to be told that (with 255K and 150K miles on them, respectively. I drive ~80 miles on a work day).
Doesn't matter when people just don't look before attempting to merge. Or help two people trying to merge into the same gap. Or....
I think you meant to say open source developers. Plenty of projects (X and Wayland, for example) don't care about legacy compatibility, it is just in their way...
I wasn't quite thinking about embedded.
More importantly, major Linux vendors (Red Hat and Canonical in particular, I think Novell is the odd ball on this one) don't release for Itanium. Power is still supported by many, and ARM is a rising star, but IA64 seems to be heading the way MIPS went....
That ended 10 years ago. Long time to be mad.
Is it a Tadpole computer? I don't know of too many UltraSparc laptops. I'd consider buying one if they were still available.