Replacing network-offline (old version 2xmonitor) with NM wlan 0% signal strength icon

Matthew Paul Thomas mpt at canonical.com
Fri Mar 20 11:29:56 UTC 2009


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(``-_-´´) -- BUGabundo wrote on 19/03/09 01:18:
>...
> I'm sleepy and have bad memory, but AFAIR this all tread as been kept
> active because Design Team as one or more _closed source_ studies from
> OEMs that state that the old icon as bad UI, while most of us actually
> like it and understood it.
>...

That's a reasonable complaint, but not an easy one to address. OEMs
don't want to give their hardware competitors any ideas prematurely, so
they want to keep hardware-related usability test results confidential.
And since they (correctly!) treat the hardware and software as an
integrated system, software usability issues end up private too.

I'm seeking approval from the OEM to publish here just the portion of
their summary of findings that deals with the Network Manager icon in
particular. (But, no promises.)

>...
> As promised, I again asked today, the new batch of students of my FOSS
> class, while showing off Ubuntu (GNOME) 8.10, what they though about
> the update-notifier icon, and the NM icon.
>...

Thanks for your efforts. I hope you can understand, though, that an
expert-run study of what potential customers actually do must outweigh a
survey of what FOSS enthusiasts say they think.* Of course a public
study of what potential customers actually do would be even better than
a private one, so we're continuing to pursue the possibility of public
user testing too.

* <http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20010805.html> is a good read, if you
can avoid being outraged by the title. ;-)

Cheers
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Matthew Paul Thomas
http://mpt.net.nz/
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