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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MollyC Member since:

"User tests"?
OSS isn't about "user tests", it's about devs making things that please themselves.

To borrow a phrase, open source software is "of developers, by developers, and FOR developers." If users just happen to like the results, then that's merely a pleasant happenstance.

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Nth_Man Member since:

> OSS [...] is about devs making things that please themselves.
As a clear example, translations of OSS from English to French are done by people who already know English, they think about other users and do the translations.

Another clear example is that of many companies collaborating to develop Linux, even employing representatives to manage it so that is useful for all.

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Morgan Member since:

It shouldn't even have to be said on this site, but I'm sure you know very well that's not true of all OSS projects. The very foundation of Ubuntu, the driving force behind its existence, was openness and ease of access for all people everywhere. Even though the project has drifted into a different direction, it still has nothing to do with developers trying to out-leet each other.

There are hundreds of OSS projects out there trying to make a better world for everyone, not just to satisfy a developer's itch. But even the latter category are almost always done in good faith.

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