Quote Originally Posted by JayArtist View Post
It's the same for all of us moving from Adobe products - You'd think that as developers have all that freedom they'd fill their software full of amazing features and really show how cutting edge their interfaces and software could be. But from what I've learned over the years most devs work in their own small groups and really like to do things thier way - Open Source ain't a democracy, no matter how good your ideas are, or mock ups - they mostly just don't listen to the users.
Elementary OS is a loveley 'looking' distro, better looking than most - but maybe that's to do with the break away from the typical Linuxy/Windows look and going for a more OSX style of thing. That said though as a past EOS user myself the feedback you get from the devs is poor to say the least. EOS doesn't even have it's own forum, instead using Google+ and IRC. If it wasn't for the small but great community at http://elementaryforum.org/
I don't think many people would hang around waiting.
The only software that really does shine through all this Open Sourceness in my opinion is blender (blender.org) - these guys at the Blender Foundation put so much effort into their software and do listen to their users.
I don't know about Inkscape's development, but Gimp's is increadibly slow. From what I gather some of the devs have real jobs and just tinker with it in their spare time - maybe this is the nature of Open Source for some. Saying that, I still love it, and would go this way rather than commercial any day - I always tend to favour the underdog.