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NewsForge: KDE Developers, Usability Experts Complement Each Other

May 13, 2005, 21:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Chance)

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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) development processes..."

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