Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Jul 2012 12:41 UTC
Gnome Honest question. Do you think the GNOME project is as healthy today as it was, say, 4 years ago? Benjamin Otte explains that no, it isn't. GNOME lacks developers, goals, mindshare and users. The situation as he describes it, is a lot more dire than I personally thought.
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They took a BLIND leap of faith
by benali72 on Fri 27th Jul 2012 18:42 UTC
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What kind of user tests did the GNOME project perform to verify the "improvements" of version 3? Anything? Anything at all?

When I worked at a large company and we redesigned our major app used by 20,000 people internally, we created a focus group (and a control group, too, of course). We built a special room for testing with features to analyze and track user behavior. Testing and verification consumed several months.

The GNOME 3 team just guessed. Microsoft has the power to guess wrong and force its users along (eg: Vista, Metro). GNOME doesn't. Goodbye, GNOME.

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