Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 6th Oct 2007 22:59 UTC, submitted by Christoph Plamper
GNU, GPL, Open Source "A lot of bandwidth has been wasted arguing over the lack of usability in open-source software/free software. Some people say that bad usability is endemic to the entire OSS world, while others say that OSS usability is great but that the real problem is the closed-minded users who expect every program to clone Microsoft. Some people contend that UI problems are temporary growing pains, while others say that the OSS development model systematically produces bad UI. In an effort to understand usability in the OSS world, I've researched the stories behind my favorite - and least favorite - OSS programs. I've found a fascinating variety of personalities, design philosophies, and project organizations. Although I've only scratched the surface, there are already themes that come up again and again."
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Could be a good article but...
by chicobaud on Sun 7th Oct 2007 04:11 UTC
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2005-08-14

Old opinions about KDE come always around. Leave it alone.
KDE is the best in usability ! Period. I know this might sound strange to some but it's an ace in usability - because this depends on your very *personal* perspective of usability. I can have my own you know ?
If you have to work with a lot of dialogues and if you need a swiss knife in GUI to get work done (and many times we do need it) there nothing else then KDE.

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Why didn't he pointed his gun to GIMP ? Now that's a real disaster in OSS usability - I love and use GIMP but I feel I only learnt and use 50 % of the features it has. I never tough about using GIMP to retouch a digi photo; I have to use wine and win32.

Leave us KDE users alone, Thanks. There nothing wrong with the "Kitchen Sink" aproach.

(He is right about Python ! Tough )

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