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O'Reilly: Remixing How We Use the Open Source Desktop

Apr 22, 2005, 01:45 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In recent years, the desktop, be it commercial or not, has evolved into a network aware base for running applications. Although the desktop has been through an extensive round of spit-sheening, largely driven by orange-sunglasses wearing usability engineers, the desktop is still largely un-integrated. Sure, you can take content from one program and embed it another program; a kind of glorified cut and paste, but the applications still don't integrate together in ways that really benefit the user.

"To understand how to design for proper integration, you need to first explore what people actually use their computers for..."

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