|linusability : Linux usability, an introspection|
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In spite of all claims and evidence regarding the superiority of Linux, one aspect of Linux remains to be its major weakness -- usability. This may be the reason for its slow acceptance by the not-so-geeky user community. linusability is a serious study into the usability aspects of Linux, so as to list out the problems and hopefully help some people offer solutions.
usability is defined by the ISO Standard 9241-Part 11: 1998, as:
QUOTE Usability: the extent to which a product can be used by specified users to achieve specified goals with effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction in a specified context of use. UNQUOTE.
We will use this definition as our starting point.
If you have any ideas on this subject, or if you know any sources, or if there is something which we should (or should not) do, let us know directly, by email .
Better light a candle, than curse the darkness
The young and energetic team of Linux enthusiasts at the LUG of IIT Delhi (my alma mater) have taken the first steps to improve usability. Visit :
Linux usability project
There is an active discussion going on in The Answer Gang of Linux Gazette. Join the discussion, and add to it.
There's more to come.
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