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The GNOME project at 15

The GNOME project at 15

Posted Aug 16, 2012 21:22 UTC (Thu) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
In reply to: The GNOME project at 15 by ovitters
Parent article: The GNOME project at 15

Change is annoying, he says. This from the guy who a year or so back was confidently asserting that everybody loves change and that GNOME 3 was sure to be a huge hit and that everyone really loved it but was just not saying anything.

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The GNOME project at 15

Posted Aug 23, 2012 10:52 UTC (Thu) by ovitters (subscriber, #27950) [Link]

I never said that people love change.

Initial impressions of GNOME 3.0 from the people testing is was hugely favourable. There was a lot of positive feedback. Only after the release there was a lot of negativity.

With the knowledge you have now, loads of decisions could've been improved. It seems that is what you're suggesting? Which comes across as a bit petty.

Obviously the people testing it were testing it because they don't mind change. But one doesn't rule out another. I believe GNOME 3.0 is great, people will love it and that change is annoying. There is no conflict in these things.

Suggest to read up on how change is usually accepted to better understand what I mean. One example is for instance change due to company restructuring. In any case, the after the fact 'one of my thoughts is right' is pointless.

The GNOME project at 15

Posted Aug 23, 2012 11:35 UTC (Thu) by paulj (subscriber, #341) [Link]

Out of curiosity, how was that testing done? Was it systematic HCI testing, like the Sun stuff in 1.x → 2 days?

The GNOME project at 15

Posted Aug 23, 2012 11:47 UTC (Thu) by paulj (subscriber, #341) [Link]

Sadly, I can't find back any copies of the Sun "GNOME Usability Report". All links seem to lead back to:

Which is gone. Thankfully, the Wayback machine still has a copy:

I think Sun had some other HCI work, but I don't remember & can't find anything to back up that feeling.

Point is, it'd be nice to see that level of testing guide the efforts today.

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