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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."

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