Recent KDE poll
feng.shaun at gmail.com
Thu Sep 4 04:30:20 UTC 2008
Thanks Anne for the results!! :D
On Wed, Sep 3, 2008 at 3:23 PM, Anne Wilson <cannewilson at googlemail.com>wrote:
> This is the summary of results that I sent to the KDE usability grou:
> No. of replies: 70
> Application questions:
> Classic menu:
> 22 people use Classic exclusively or almost exclusively. One person uses
> Of dolphin users:
> 6 people use Favorites and Recently-used about equally.
> 31 people use Favorites exclusively or almost exclusively.
> 1 other uses it frequently, 4 use it occasionally and one never uses it.
> 6 people use Recently-used as their main launch point.
> 3 people use it frequently and 13 use it occasionally. 4 people said they
> never use it.
> 2 people routinely use kickoff search.
> krunner or alt-F2 is used almost exclusively by 3 people, while 1 person
> it frequently and 1 person uses it occasionally.
> 3 people are running Lanceleot
> 1 person uses panel icons + katapult.
> 1 person uses cairo.
> 1 person uses only desktop icons.
> Personal details:
> Only 22 people were prepared to give personal details. I asked about
> occupation, skill level, and also whether they fitted into the age groups
> <25, 50-50, 50+ to see whether that was significant in working practices.
> One was a 16-year-old student, who rated his skills around 5/10.
> Of the rest, all but one were in, or retired from, technical occupations,
> which 4 were directly concerned with computing. 10 were in the 25-50
> and 11 were 50+, of which 8 were retired.
> The remaining one person listed manual trades as his skills, and has
> set up his own business.
> Skill Levels:
> Apart from the student, only one person rated his linux skills as low,
> although he has high windows skills. One said 'reasonable' and 6
> said 'moderate' or 'moderately advanced'. 6 said 'High' and 7 rated their
> skills as 'Very high'.
> Comments (in no particular order):
> "It's better than the old menu, but I can't add applications to it."
> "I changed the sort order.... When Name is in English and Description is
> sort order is absolutely weird"
> " Attractive and convenient, and much easier to use"
> " better organised, but too many mouse clicks"
> "maybe both the most recently used items and the favourites could be shown
> the same time. Maybe with the area of the menu split into halves, either
> horizontally or vertically. However, the space is already quite limited, so
> it might not be the best solution."
> "Better than icons on panel"
> "browsing is too slow"
> "too many clicks and too slow"
> "First, I tuned off the hover behaviour on the tabs because that has to be
> about the stupidest thing I've ever encountered. "
> "I definitely prefer kickoff to Classic"
> "kickoff is too slow and cumbersome"
> "I don't like the naming by description, rather than package names"
> "kickoff search is great"
> "I use Recently-used mainly for documents"
> "I clean the recently-used document list regularly" (two people said this)
> "I wish that it would resemble the way Gnome's default
> Applications-Placces-System menu works. That way I could easier navigate
> all the other tabs besides favorites" (I didn't understand this one, but
> maybe it means something to you.)
> "It also needs to be more easily re-sizable because it takes up far too
> horizontal screen real estate needlessly."
> "The right way for kicker menus to function is the same way app menus
> function, with menu actions taking place only upon a mouse click, never as
> result of mouse hover or mere mouse move. If you don't believe it, try
> watching a typical over-40 PC newbie, preferably with a touch or worse of
> arthritis in fingers and/or wrists, try to accomplish anything whatsoever
> with a mouse. It's pitiful."
> As I said earlier, there are no promises that any wishes will be realised.
> was clear too that 'one man's meat is another man's poison'.
> The team thank all who took part. You'll be pleased to hear that some of
> concerns have already been met - re-sizability was one point mentioned.
> Thanks again
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