Neat Article on Ubuntu 8.04 KDE on usability

Josh Rhoderick rhoderickj at
Mon Apr 28 16:01:53 BST 2008


You didn't include a link with your e-mail, but I assume you're referring to
this article.<>I
found this in my Google Reader this morning from Slashdot. Note that
usability test did NOT use KDE but a standard GNOME installation on Hardy.

This article clearly explains one thing I hate about Linux culture: the
ridiculous idea that Linux is being held back on the desktop solely because
of Microsoft. The truth is that the software often doesn't deliver on users'
expectations, and many Linux fans decry anything remotely Windows-like
although Windows is what the world knows. Stupid annoyances like the ones in
that article need to be fixed at all costs. Usability is not a luxury, it's
a necessity.

As Linus Torvalds has said, we should not force users come to the
technology, but we should bring the technology to the users.

-- Josh

On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 9:48 AM, Matt Burkhardt <mlb at>

> Gave a new install to his girlfriend and gave her a few tasks to
> complete
> Ranged from easy to frustrating.  I can't believe I'm sending this out
> while I'm on vacation - I am a certified geek!
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