As for reputation - who remembers GM doing this?
Let's be honest though, GM is remembered for a lot of bad things....
Debian changed because there were strong signs that developers were starting to introduce hard dependencies for systemd. While those could be overcome for Jessie, the feeling of the Debian people is that in 2 1/2 years there wouldn't be a choice.
Do you have a citation for this? I've been trying to collect this kind of information.
The environment getting much worse -- mass deforestation, global warming, declining fresh water supplies, much of it abetted by ever-spiraling population growth?
The environment is getting better. You should have seen how bad the air pollution was in the 70s, for example. Rivers have been cleaned up and come back to life since then.
A dedicated gaming console has a better cost-benefit ratio than building your own gaming computer.
But it doesn't run Starcraft. Therefore the benefit is 0.
A GUI needs to provide process management. Modern GUIs in particular, where there is an expectation of dozens of processes running notifying the user require quite sophisticated process management. Arguably the thing that drove the biggest change in Gnome 3 / KDE 4 from Gnome 2 / KDE 3 was introducing a framework dependent on much more sophisticated process management because they wanted notification to work well.
ok, let me look into that.
Non process managed systems are simply not going to be supported.
Unsupported by who? Who gets to decide what is supported and what is not?
Real programs don't eat cache.