the paranoia is unwarranted, but it still exists.
It may well be there, but there's also a marginalization of Qt/KDE by some of the largest distros (perhaps with that canard). If you look at the companies backing them, you'll see many @bigco addresses on the GNOME-related software teams and many, many fewer working on KDE. So I think some of it is simply NIH, but perhaps with a business strategy aspect of, "Who is Digia and why should BigCo be dependent on them when we have an alternative we control, even if it's not as good?" That question may have even had more merit under Nokia, especially when it was taken over by Microsoft (oh, did I say that out loud?).
Even if it's a false dilemma, it probably keeps many people working on the projects they like inside their comfort zone. Big choices can be made on merit, but there are sometimes humans involved who apply criteria without pure impartiality. Sometimes these bigco's pick a technology horse, and boy do they stick with it until it needs to be brought out back and shot. Qt/KDE is definitely not alone in that regard!
Who used LessTif?
Everybody who didn't want to pay for Motif, for whatever reason
Sadly, by time it get really compatible it was mostly obsolete.
GTK was invented by the GIMP guys (early versions used Motif)
I bet most linux GIMP users were *not* linking against commercial Motif.
No, they take orders from the president and a few people who serve at his pleasure
Are people really that naive about how government departments run or are you being sarcastic? Groups are set up to do tasks and will continue to do them without executive intervention, and sometimes even after such intervention.
It seems far more likely to me that they have their model wrong
There's no single model - just like with fluid flow in general.
Nobody checks people's posting history. I've been called shills for companies I've lambasted in the past and a hater of companies I've expressed a liking for too often to think for a second anyone looks at my nick and goes "Hmm, I don't know this guy, let's check his history"
And yeah, Slashdot could do with one. I've gotten to the point personally that I actually hold off making jokes, because nine times out of ten, I get modded Troll for them, get serious replies, and I even frequently get replies that start "I realize I'm replying to a troll here but...".
Slashdot makes Germany look like the world's biggest comedy club.
If the code and the comments disagree, then both are probably wrong. -- Norm Schryer