The LXF Analysis: Open Source Innovations

“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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