Investigate the needs of normal users
Erik Jan Philippo
erik at kaasschaaf.net
Fri Aug 25 21:31:05 BST 2006
A few days ago I was watching the Edgy launchpad page. One of the
entry's get my attentions:
think the developers should listen more to normal users, but I don't
think it's a job of them. Another team should investigate what everyday
users expect from their computers and what the biggest problems are.
Maybe it's a job of the desktop team?!?
We should make a survey with a lot of questions like: what's the main
purpose of your computer?, which other thinks do you like to do?, what
is the biggest problem with your computer? etc.... We should brainstorm
on it. If it's finished we make a website where people can answer them,
off course multiple chose. We ask all the ubuntu users to gave it to
their parents, family and neighbors. After it we have a lot of
information about normal users. Maybe a lot of people like to see a
photo manager which support easy e-mail functionality, generating html
pages for the Internet, easy resize tools in it.... It's just an
example. A lot of people are doing the same (mainstream) things on the
computer. Making documents, have contact with friend, manage and edit
photo's. Those tasks should be as easy as possible. The main reason why
ubuntu is so popular is because it's easy. Just like win98 years ago.
To finish my story, what do you think of it? Start (several?) a
investigation/survey to find out how normal users think of computers. If
we have the information we can make good en clear proposals of it and
developers can do their main thing: program software.
By the way, how is my English? It's not my first language
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