This is weird! Perhaps the GNOME guys will include Linus patches, but the fact that he chose to submit patches seems really weird to me. Constructive as it may be, Linus obviously knows that people can't just include patches. They're probably reviewed by dozens of people before inclusion. How can you base the conclusion of your argument on the inclusion of some patches?
Personally I am a KDE fan. knetworkmanager is the killer app that makes Linux on a laptop possible for average users. Now if only we could get Laptops with Linux to do better power management.