Acts of Volition: The Rise of Interface Elegance in Open Source Software
Apr 30, 2004, 01:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven Garrity)
"Open Source software is regularly criticized, often fairly, for
lacking in ease-of-use and polish. When a developer wants a new
feature--he can add it to the software, and if it gets checked-in
by the project owners, it will be there for all to use. The obvious
fault with this model is the now well known scourge of 'creeping
featuritis'--when too many features and options begin to overwhelm
and overshadow the core functionality of the software.
"The Mozilla browser and suite were a high-profile example of
the ills of featuritis. While the software did everything you could
possibly want it to, people still seemed to prefer other software
packages that did less..."