Lots of people use portrait monitors and the redesign makes the site horrible to use. So much wasted space! It's also just ugly with it's digg a version or two back/metro style. Slashdot. The new Digg. This boat is sinking if they move forward with this change.
Use a tiling window manage and just get rid of all those annoying UI elements. Serious suggestion.
I think he's talking more about how cloud (Specifically OpenStack) needs a Linus Torvalds. Some marquee name to hold it all together and not let it fragment too much. Have a cloud at the core... then openstack/cloudstack/nebula/etc are "distributions" that sit on top. You can make a piece of the software and it will run on any of the distributions since they are all based on a core that works for them all. http://news.slashdot.org/story/12/10/25/0128207/does-openstack-need-a-linus-torvalds