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The Desktop

Posted Aug 16, 2012 6:56 UTC (Thu) by jmspeex (subscriber, #51639)
In reply to: The Desktop by hp
Parent article: The GNOME project at 15

There was some usability study back in the day that concluded that the Linux desktop setups that looked like Windows were harder to use, because they set the wrong expectations.
Just curious, do you remember what "type" of users were targeted by this study? Were they "average" users, users who were new to using computers, power users, ...? There seems to be a tradeoff here because most (not all) Linux users happen to be a lot more tech savvy that the average computer user. Now, you don't want to design an environment that's only for power users, but at the same time, ignoring the majority of the current users is probably not good either. How was this trade off considered?

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The Desktop

Posted Aug 16, 2012 16:54 UTC (Thu) by hp (subscriber, #5220) [Link]

I think it was some kind of "office workers" new to Linux, but I really don't remember much at all other than that one observation about Windows-like setups being confusing.

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