|If you enjoy using your mouse, but strongly value freedom, community, and the acknowledgement that you own property that you paid for, not the inhuman corporation that you bought it from, then what OS are you supposed to use?
Seriously, I definitely value the ability to perform every function possible from a command line. This is so that I have a fully functional system available on lowest common denominator hardware, which is better than expensive new unproven hardware. A mouse should be superfluous for all tasks an administrator would ever need to perform, including standard user tasks.
However, a mouse and the interaction that it allows should also be taken full advantage of. X11 is the free framework that we have. Gnome and KDE add much value to this free system. They do not yet peer classic Mac OS in usability, but at least they are making improvements.
Sadly, they don’t even approximate Window’s functional use of the keyboard in a GUI environment. If you are using MacOS 9, and your mouse is for any reason rendered inoperable, then you are completely screwed. Luckily there is a power button on the keyboard that at least allows for a safe shutdown in such an event, but for all practical purposes the system is remdered useless.
I have been in similar situtaions on windows platforms. Other than making Web browsing extraordinarily difficult and tedious, the rest of the system was completely accessible. This is a sad state of affairs, and as of yet, neither Gnome, nor KDE has sufficiently adressed this. I still have yet to try other alternatives to see if they better fulfill my mouseless GUI requirements.
Well, an interesting twist, according to your second sentence, is that KDE and GNOME “probably shouldn’t be using any sort of linux distro anyway” because in these environments, “you are unable to use a keyboard instead of a mouse.”