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Ten Ways to Make More Humane Open Source Software

Oct 11, 2007, 01:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jono DiCarlo)

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"A lot of bandwidth has been wasted arguing over the lack of usability in open-source software/free software (henceforth 'OSS'). The debate continues at this moment on blogs, forums, and Slashdot comment threads. Some people say that bad usability is endemic to the entire OSS world, while others say that OSS usability is great but that the real problem is the closed-minded users who expect every program to clone Microsoft. Some people contend that UI problems are temporary growing pains, while others say that the OSS development model systematically produces bad UI. Some people even argue that the GPL indirectly rewards software that's difficult to use! (For the record, I disagree...)"

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