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JustLinux.com: Different UIs for Different Users

Apr 15, 2000, 18:49 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Fink)

[ Thanks to Dan Peak for this link. ]

"Without a doubt one of the most volatile topics in the industry today is the User Interface. The topic itself is a minefield littered with problems. I am not a usability expert, however, I am an experienced user of several platforms and one thing I have learned is that it takes all kinds. The problem with UIs is there are only so many. In a perfect world UIs would scale from insanely simple to as advanced and system accessible as possible."

"Where UNIX is concerned I prefer a different approach that might work immediately and Linux is among the operating systems that follows this line of thinking--why not try to create different UIs for different users but still offer up the power and flexibility inherent with UNIX operating systems? Linux is not the first to try this, however, the Linux community has made incredible leaps and bounds in a short period of time towards that end."

"Simple Design, Faster Production. Task-oriented design is the best solution for the average end user, there is no need for them to have know about the OS or even a command line if they do not really need it. This is where web based interfaces and client server applications come into play. In these instances, the interface of the host operating system is completely abstracted from the end user."

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