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Should Operating Systems Be Intuitive?

Sep 30, 2009, 04:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Katherine Noyes)

"Given the frequency with which the term "intuitive" is bandied about in the computing context -- particularly from the halls of Redmond and Cupertino -- it seemed to Linux Girl that this question was an important one.

"Should computers be intuitive, requiring little to no learning or thinking? For that matter, is it even possible for them to be so? Linux Girl couldn't resist asking around.

""Nothing is intuitive," Montreal consultant and Slashdot blogger Gerhard Mack told LinuxInsider. "Think about it: We have to be taught to use a toilet, how to use a fork and how to drive. Why do we expect computers to be some magic thing that does not have a learning curve?"

"The best we can do is keep things "following the same rules as much as possible so that people can extrapolate how new tasks are done and so people don't constantly have to relearn existing tasks," Mack added."

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