[LINK] Usability and Free Software
Richard.Chirgwin at informa.com.au
Thu Jan 8 10:38:39 EST 2004
Newsforge has an interesting essay by Anthony Kozar of the Uni of Toledo,
about why free software should work towards usability:
"Usability: a new vision for the free software movement"
I'm not sure if the world needs a new "ground up" initiative, which is what
"A vision of creating a software system that is not simply free -- for
freedom is not enough -- but one of creating a system which all users will
not only find easy to use but will meet the needs of personal and ubiquitous
computing in today's world.
Such a system should not be a clone of any existing system but should itself
be free -- free of the trappings and the chains of older and outdated
paradigms of computing."
However, his basic premise is that freedom is "necessary but not sufficient"
- if you can't use the software, you're free but you can't do anything. That
seems sound to me, and certainly Kozar has done a better job of expressing
the problem than I have ever managed!
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