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GNOME gains a usability specialist

GNOME gains a usability specialist

Posted Aug 15, 2013 14:43 UTC (Thu) by paulj (subscriber, #341)
In reply to: GNOME gains a usability specialist by raven667
Parent article: GNOME gains a usability specialist

That the GNOME people have finally heeded the calls (e.g. on here, over the years) to do some objective usability testing on GNOME shell is positive, yes.


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GNOME gains a usability specialist

Posted Aug 15, 2013 18:14 UTC (Thu) by drag (guest, #31333) [Link]

Out of all the free software desktop environments out there I think that Gnome is the only one to really have done usability testing.

GNOME gains a usability specialist

Posted Aug 16, 2013 4:47 UTC (Fri) by asaz989 (subscriber, #67798) [Link]

Ubuntu actually has done at least these two (since 2010) for Unity:

http://lwn.net/Articles/438678/
http://design.canonical.com/2010/11/usability-testing-of-...

GNOME gains a usability specialist

Posted Aug 17, 2013 9:27 UTC (Sat) by jospoortvliet (subscriber, #33164) [Link]

Don't spread FUD, please. There is plenty of usability work going on in KDE. See for example the work by one of KDE's usability experts, Björn Balazs, founder of openusability.org... He's been involved with his Usability company since the 4.0 release and they're now helping with the work on a new hig.

We hosted together a whole day of usability testing sessions at the last Akademy. Another team member Thomas Pfeiffer spoke about the usability work he does for the Plasma team at Akademy in 2012.

It's great that GNOME gets such a nice article about a student from India doing some usability work for her thesis but that doesn't mean there is nothing going on in other projects.

There is plenty of work to be done on usability in Free Software and we're all very much looking forward to more help. Ridiculous claims like "Oh, only GNOME does real usability tests" doesn't help anybody.

GNOME gains a usability specialist

Posted Aug 17, 2013 0:46 UTC (Sat) by dgm (subscriber, #49227) [Link]

It's not any nebulous "GNOME people", but a single very real person doing what it takes. That's how it works in the Free Software world. It may very well be what is needed to return GNOME to being a comfortable environment: someone paying attention to how users want to use it.

And it shows that you don't need to be a coder to make a difference.


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