[Fedora-marketing-list] Fedora usability : a new project?

Jeff Spaleta jspaleta at gmail.com
Sun Aug 6 22:39:12 UTC 2006

On 8/6/06, Damien Durand <splinux at fedoraproject.org> wrote:
> I need feedback, if you're interested to contribute feel free to add your
> name in the usability group :
> http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/DamienDurand/Usability/UsabilityGroup

I STRONGLY  suggest that you make a sincere and very comprehensive
effort to touch base with the people working on the upstream desktop
usability level.  I honestly do not see how a fedora centric project
is going to work inside the framework of the decisions which are being
made upstream inside the desktop projects. Striking out on your own to
"fix" usability inside fedora without understanding how the desktop
usability decisions impact the fedora experience, is going to do very
little but become an ultimately frustrating and fruitless waste of
time for you.. unless there is very clearly defined relationship
between what the fedora centric group is doing to support the
usability vision of the upstream desktop projects and how the fedora
centric work is moved upstream. There are very few "right" answers in
usability in the limit of a large population. You need to make damn
sure that your vision for Fedora usability works inside the upstream
vision for the desktop project you are looking to impact.  The very
very last thing you want to do is have Fedora specific usability
changes to be stuck as fedora specific patches. Tie you mission
statement to specific "deliverables" that the desktop projects are
looking for help with upstream.

-jef"all this talk about "Fedora human users" is sooooo egotistically
human. You want to be ahead of the curve... think dophins.. or dophin
human hybrids."spaleta

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