Open Ballot: Has desktop fragmentation gone too far?
First there was TWM. Then we had multiple window managers. Then KDE came along, and Gnome started as a result of licensing issues. Xfce grew up. And now, after a decade of the three big desktops slugging it out, it's about to get a whole lot more complicated with the addition of Unity and Gnome (3) Shell. Some distros are talking of forking Gnome 2.x to keep the older desktop alive.
We're going to record our next podcast soon, so we want your opinion: has desktop fragmentation gone too far? Is there strength in diversity, and are all these desktops good for the free software ecosystem? Or is it just duplication of effort, a nightmare for Linux documentation writers, and preventing Linux from building a unified front against Windows and OS X?
Tap your musings into the box below, and we'll read out the best in our podcast. Live a little, though, and come up with a better name than Anonymous Penguin. Cheers.