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Why Free Software Has Poor Usability, and How to Improve It

Aug 04, 2008, 21:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Paul Thomas)

"# Release early, release often, get stuck. The common practice of “release early, release often†can cause poor design to accumulate. When a pre-release version behaves a particular way, and testers get used to it behaving that way, they will naturally complain when a later pre-release version behaves differently â€" even if the new behavior is better overall. This can discourage programmers from improving the interface, and can contribute to the increase in weird configuration settings.

"Solution: Publish design specifications as early as possible in the development process, so testers know what to expect eventually."

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