Closed Design or No Design? Something is better than nothing.
Oct 19, 2009, 12:32 (1 Talkback[s])
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"As a practitioner and someone who has managed design teams, I
have to agree with this move. It is a hard decision especially in
open source but sometimes you have to make an attempt to balance
the signal:noise ratio.
"Last December, Ubuntu came under fire when they unveiled the
Notify-OSD design which was developed behind closed and locked
doors. In response to the criticism of closed design, the Ayatana
project was founded as a way of opening Ubuntu design processes and
providing a way for others to participate. However, as with many
mailing lists, the value in opening design and having a public
forum is questionable as to how much value it provides compared to
the overhead of managing noise."