It seems fair to say that every tech community out there has its own hot-button issues that are pretty much guaranteed to get conversations flowing and blood pressures rising. The Linux community, of course, is no exception, and it's difficult to imagine a better illustration than a debate that came up recently. "The Linux Desktop Mess" is the title of the post that got the discussion going, and sphygmomanometers throughout the blogosphere have been getting a workout ever since.
Almost all of this discussion, as it usually does, revolves around the needs and desires of developers. It would be nice to see the same discussion from the point of view of users. The two groups are way out of synch, and the developers don't seem to know or care.