NewsForge: KDE Developers, Usability Experts Complement Each Other
May 13, 2005, 21:15 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Usability has always been a controversial aspect of free
software development, but one that is becoming increasingly
important along with the uptake of GNU/Linux distributions in
businesses and homes. Developers' discussions about usability are
often marked by shrill accusations and defensive responses.
Implementing usability suggestions can mean giving up months of
feature-building. But according to a few developers and usability
experts working on KDE, bringing usability experts into the
hackers' work processes can be a big help.
"Over the past couple of years, usability work has gradually
become part of the core KDE PIM (Personal Information Management)