I'm a Gnome user, and that's not going to change because of anything Linus says. Linus Torvalds is a hero, and all that, but I think he's getting old and conservative. I don't really care what he thinks about Gnome-KDE, but I am particularly disappointed in his attitude about the GPL3.
I think he has decided, along with ESR, that a larger user base is most important because it will make them richer. I don't have a problem with people wanting to be rich, but how rich is rich enough. It seems to me that Torvalds and Raymond are doing quite well, indeed.
I don't always agree with Richard Stallman either, but the one point on which I am in absolute lock-step with him is on the importance of a viable FOSS operating system. It doesn't have to have a large user base, and it can lag behind the cutting edge, but it has to be viable.
I fear that Torvalds's positions are aimed at a unified Linux OS that large corporate interests can control, and that is a very bad idea.