Linked by Allen Boyles on Mon 7th Nov 2011 09:46 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces In the commercial software world, user interfaces are generally designed by one group. Like Microsoft for Windows or Apple for Mac OS. Those desktop environments were designed by one company who did things like user testing and statistical analysis to try and make the desktop they thought would work best. Linux is different. Large groups definitely DO perform user testing and statistical analysis, but one group can also say "Here's what we want" and, if they have the ability to code it, their idea comes into being. It's pretty amazing, when you think about it. Linux lets people create what they want. If you don't like what's out there, fork it! Or start from scratch! You're in control!
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Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Mon 7th Nov 2011 22:36 UTC
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Useless article and it contributes nothing to a rich and complicated topic. How are people taking seriously a computer science article written by a sociology major?

"That's the big question, and, unfortunately, it is one that doesn't have an answer."

Valuable insight.

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RE: Comment by Luminair
by mkone on Tue 8th Nov 2011 01:51 in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
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Design of user interfaces is not the sole domain of computer scientists. In fact, I would argue that computer scientists are the worst people to design interfaces. I would rather have a sociology major designing user interfaces.

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Tue 8th Nov 2011 04:58 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
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You're right that you don't want mathematicians designing human interfaces. You want artsy nerds or nerdy artists. But sociology has nothing to do with it!

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by JoshB on Tue 8th Nov 2011 21:40 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
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Thanks for pointing that out! I wrote the article and figured that, in a field often dominated by college dropouts, my studies wouldn't count against me, and I'm pleased that for most people they don't. I never thought as a sociologist I'd sympathize with "Haterz gotta hate" but I guess that's the internet for you ...

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