Kapil Hari Paranjape
kapil at imsc.res.in
Thu Jul 8 07:48:13 MSD 2010
On Thu, 08 Jul 2010, Dr. Parthasarathy S wrote:
> I am launhing a serious study into
> various aspects of the usability aspects of Linux, so as to list
> out the problems and hopefully help some people offer solutions.
"Usability for whom?" is a question whose answer it is important to
establish before going too far.
At the very least you need to address two classes of users:
1. Those who have used computers before (usually this means Windows
but it could sometimes mean MacOS as well).
2. Those who are using computers for the first time.
I think that a lot of effort (GNOME/KDE, openoffice, ...) has gone
into addressing (1); and that is indeed a difficult problem since
those users have expectations/prejudices.
There have been a number of worthwhile attempts at (2), such as the
Sugar interface for school kids. These have been successful on
the usability front.
Just my 2 paise worth.
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