I don't work on the distro itself, but I believe that our road map more or less is at the mercy of Ubuntu releases...I'm sure I'll be informed if I am wrong.
I would say that there are three major types of distros - those looking to be Windows replacements (with all their bloat and everything you could want and be the solution for the masses - a swiss army knife of sorts [Ubuntu, Mint]), those that are meant to be lightweight and efficient (Bodhi, etc), and those that are build-your-own (Arch, etc).
I think our dev team does aim to be intuitive, efficient and reliable...the last two for sure are ticked...intuitive is sort of a personal preference...our desktop works for some people and not others. We strive to please, but at the end of the day, we have to make decisions and pick a direction. I personally haven't found any issues with Bodhi which is why I run it on my two PCs, my laptop, netbook and even an old tablet (with external keyboard). It works for me, has for around 6 years...I really personally wouldn't change anything. Again, that is just me, I cannot and will not speak for the masses!
More and more people are coming to Linux to escape paying for an OS, subscribing to software and for increased flexibility, stability, efficiency, etc. Some major PC vendors now even sell systems retail with Linux installed...which is a HUGE step forward. Agreed, most PC users want Windows because they are familiar or don't even know other options are easy and exist. Shock of my life, as a long time Maximum PC subscriber, they even started covering Linux in each issue...that is also huge. I'm quite certain the wave is growing...as more and more people start being frustrated with forced updates, OS UI overhauls (looking at you Windows 8.0...), subscriptions, etc, it's just a matter of time until Linux is mainstream. I'm not sure current Linux users even care or want that.
I know many users that buy new powerbooks/workstations and immediately install Linux. For many mission critical systems where stability is a must, there really isn't another option. Bodhi certainly has a massive base of users looking to rejuvenate old systems but also has users such as me with more modern systems too. Jeff has some really great machines...I'm sure Bodhi FLIES on his systems!
Anyway, I appreciate your feedback and get where you are coming from. Thank you for your feedback and the conversation - it's always welcome here. We are a small Team...I'm grateful for everyone's efforts.
Thank you, Timmi!