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GNOME Shell Usability Test Plan

Feb 12, 2010, 18:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Máirín Duffy)

"For the past couple of weeks I've been working with Jon McCann, Jeremy Perry, and Owen Taylor on developing a usability testing plan for GNOME Shell. It's a work-in-progress, and I wanted to make a quick posting about the effort and where it's going.

"Now as you may have learned from earlier posts on various blog planets, or in Marina Zhurakhinskaya's GNOME Journal article last November, GNOME Shell defines the user experience for GNOME 3, to address the more fully-networked computing environment of today as well as to reach a wider audience. A great change has occurred in the way technology affects people's lives since the original GNOME 2 was designed, including the introduction of new and disruptive technologies such as micro-blogging, large-scale social networking, and the increasingly predominant availability and usage of web-based mobile phones. With so many streams of content and information we need to manage, and it's hard to keep focused and on task on the desktop. GNOME Shell is designed to account for these changes, to make desktop computing delightful and comfortable in spite of the amount of information we need to process in the course of our work on the computer."

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