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Putting Open Source to the Mom Test

Mar 06, 2009, 23:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rikki Kite)

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"She decided to start with Ubuntu because it's "Linux for human beings," and she clearly meets those requirements.

"On February 18th, Amber observes: I still think there are the right tools for the right jobs and maybe Ubuntu and the publishing applications aren't what I need to the job I want to do (yet:) ). Mac and Pages just make it easy. I pick what I want to do, pick the template and with minimal tweaking bam I have what I want and need.

"But wait! Amber also recognizes something that Mac and Pages just hasn't offered her: Oh And I filed my first bug report. I am learning:) I am so happy.

"In fact, she's convinced a friend and her son's teacher to take Ubuntu for a spin.

"This is what makes me think that a book publisher needs to sweep in and sign Amber up for a book deal -- she walks the novice user through the process of installing and using Linux. No technical background (or spouse in open source) is required. For example, on February 19 she does a great job of explaining the bug differences:"

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