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

Paul W. Frields stickster at gmail.com
Tue Aug 8 11:10:45 UTC 2006

On Sun, 2006-08-06 at 14:39 -0800, Jeff Spaleta wrote:
> 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.

+1 from where I sit.  I don't see what this project plan accomplishes
that can't be solved by (1) working with upstream, and (2) filing bugs
or working through the existing Triage.

Paul W. Frields, RHCE                          http://paul.frields.org/
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