Linux Box Admin: GNOME Won the Desktop Battle, Will Linux Lose the War?

“Despite the head start that KDE enjoyed, the large number of
KDE users and developers, and Linus Torvalds personally endorsing
KDE, GNOME has won the desktop environment battle. The final
victory came with the third piece of a corporate trifecta, giving
GNOME the official nod from Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, and finally
Novell. The question is, will the triumph of GNOME lead to the rise
or downfall of the Linux desktop…?”