The Usability of Open Source Software

Michael B. Twidale, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
David M. Nichols, Department of Computer Science, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

This project aims to look at the problems (and successes) of designing usable open source software. It looks at the reasons why OSS projects may pay less attention to usability than to other aspects of the software development process, and how usability issues are discussed or dismissed in different projects. Based on this analysis we aim to work towards a range of technical, educational, managerial and social mechanisms to integrate usability into open source software development.

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