Many like to say that Gnome developers aren’t listening to the users, or simply don’t care about the user’s opinion at all, but another example is coming to contradict this.
In the context of the openSUSE summit that will take place from 21 to 23 of September, a team of Gnome developers will find some time to go on a day trip to the City of Largo, Florida, where there is a public-sector deployment of Gnome…
Gnome developers will watch and talk to normal people who use Gnome on a day-to-day basis, to see how Gnome works for them. The goal is to determine what the most important usability problems are, use usability testing tools to see how users respond to Gnome 3 and Work on a prototypal version of Gnome’s Pattern Language based on what works well for users!
I don’t know what will be the size of the user base that will participate on this, or how much experienced they are with Gnome, or even if they use Gnome DE to do a variety of tasks or a very specific set required for their work, but whatever the case I believe this could provide the developers with some useful information and certainly shows their attitude towards getting feedback.
The observating group consists of the following well-known Gnome developers:
- Cosimo Cecchi
- Jan Holesovsky
- Federico Mena Quintero
- Fabiana Simões
- Manish Sinha (not confirmed yet)
- Jasper St. Pierre
- Anna Zacchi
It would be very interesting to see the results shown on a Gnome Pattern Language for user interfaces. We will keep an eye on that and inform you as soon as the hackfest is over.