inkscapee writes: "Are the developers of free desktops obsessed with design principles at the expense of what users actually want?" Yes, they are. Because understanding good design takes a lot more education than scanning Sun's ancient design study and cherry-picking the bits that sound good. As usual, listening to actual users is at the bottom of the list. "Just as a paragraph can be grammatically correct while its meaning is nonsensical or wrong, so a computer interface can be based on the collected works of Edward Tufte and still contain structures that are awkward and inconvenient."
Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field
of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.