[LINK] Eric Raymond on OSS UIs
Richard.Chirgwin at informa.com.au
Fri Feb 27 16:08:15 EST 2004
When I've complained that open source software is too demanding for the
"ordinary" user, a frequent rebuttal is that users should learn more.
I guess, however, that nobody's going to say that Eric Raymond isn't
competent to comment?
So here are some gems from something he's just written, complaining that OSS
is too darned hard to use:
>the best intentions and effort have led to a system which despite
>its superficial pseudo-friendliness is so undiscoverable that it might
>as well have been written in ancient Sanskrit.
>The point of this essay is not, therefore, just to beat up on
>the CUPS people - it's also to beat up on every other
>open-source designer who does equally thoughtless things
>under the fond delusion that a slick-looking UI is a well-designed UI
>I have better things to do with my brain than
>clutter it with sysadminning details.
>The interface of the software should be all the
>documentation the user needs.
RC: it's so nice to have someone say this who may actually be listened to.
The people who yelled at me when I reported a bug - just an ordinary
crash-don't-know-why bug - in AbiWord can't tell ER that he's an ignorant
^!#$ who should be using Linux...
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