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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RE: Not just open source
by Cutterman on Sun 7th Oct 2007 13:55 UTC in reply to "Not just open source"
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I agree. MS's usability labs have put years of research into what the average user wants to do and they do it and what's easiest for them. To toss this aside, just because it's MS, and try to invent a new paradigm (that will have to be learned) is foolish.

Refine by all means, have serially accessible layers of complexity by all means, but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater just for the sake of ideological purity.

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