First Monday: The Usability of Open Source Software
Jan 08, 2003, 02:30 (7 Talkback[s])
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"Open source communities have successfully developed a great
deal of software although most computer users only use proprietary
applications. The usability of open source software is often
regarded as one reason for this limited distribution.
"In this paper we review the existing evidence of the usability
of open source software and discuss how the characteristics of open
source development influence usability. We describe how existing
human-computer interaction techniques can be used to leverage
distributed networked communities, of developers and users, to
address issues of usability..."