Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Toward a Better Desktop

Novell has a new website and this one is really interesting because it addresses a pressing need.

Essentially, Novell is telling open source programmers that their users are not as technically proficient as they are and that more consideration for the user in the interface to applications needs to be given. This site allows coders to see videos of tests of user interfaces to see how they might be improved.

This is a BIG deal. One of the reasons Desktop Linux hasn't caught on is that the interfaces to both the operating system/utilities and associated applications is more geared to the technically competant user, rather than the general public. This has been improved a lot, over the years, but it is still a sticking point. A properly set up Linux desktop computer is easy enough to use, but it's not easily made that way by the average user (whoever that is).

Anyone interested in this sort of thing ought to check this out. I found it thought provoking, to say the least.


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