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Hundreds of people from all over the world are copyright (copyleft) owners of the code in GNOME. Ximian does not own GNOME, Miguel de Icaza doesn't own GNOME and Novel doesn't own GNOME. Please get your facts together.
SLES and Novell Desktop will default to GNOME in future versions. Red Hat defaults to GNOME since they adopted it to replace fvwm95.
As for Lindows (oops), Xandros, etc, these are rather small distributions. Since you care about popularity so much, you should know Red Hat/Fedora, SuSE and Ubuntu are far more popular.
As for Konqueror and others being the best, that's rather subjective. My opinion:
I refuse to run a file manager that's also a file browser, that's just plain bad usability copied from Microsoft Windows 98. I don't use a CD writer, I use the file manager to write data CD's and the music player to write audio discs. I never tried Amarok, but Banshee works wonderfully. May I also mention f-spot, that app truly kicks ass.
The point is not - hey you're wrong, these other apps are actually the best. The point is, stick to what you prefer and stop wasting time attacking other free desktop environments. Do like KDE developers, they cooperate with GNOME.
For example, GNOME has better accessibility support out of the box than Windows. KDE is working on integrating the same framework for KDE 4, so it can be as accessible as GNOME, and ahead of proprietary software.