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Those are all nice things and represent countless man hours or work and dedication however none of them are a good flagship. Firefox is a flagship. Gimp is close but somehow took a wrong turn. The FSF needs something to say "use this it's awesome! btw free software is why it's awesome!" And they need to be able to convince at least the average power user.

Gnome is the primary interface of Ubuntu, the flagship Linux distribution and frequent choice of power users. How much more flagshippy do you need?

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