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The LXF Analysis: Open Source Innovations

Oct 28, 2008, 17:32 (1 Talkback[s])
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"The first thing to get out of the way is that following the examples of others, and drawing on their experience is not a bad thing. If there is a good idea out there, don't ignore it just because someone else thought of it first. Competing products from different suppliers, in any field, have far more in common than they have differences. User friendliness is also a factor: there is really no such thing as an intuitive computer interface.

"What we call intuitive is really only familiar; no one is their right mind would design a car with all the controls in different places to the accepted norm, so why expect anything different of computer interfaces? That's why all mainstream GUIs are based on the original WIMP (Windows, Icons, Menus, Pointer) interface conceived at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Centre (PARC). PARC also came up with Ethernet, laser printers and much more, so they knew their stuff."

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