Dave suggested I send this on to the list. I hope you find it interesting.
I've done a little trimming.
> Hiya, this is great ...
> Maybe you can send this on to the discussion list or workgroup list.
> -- dave
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bill Kules" <wmk at TAKOMASOFTWARE.COM>
> To: <CHI-CONSULTANTS at LISTSERV.ACM.ORG>
> Sent: Tuesday, June 22, 2004 10:14 AM
> Subject: [CHI-CONSULTANTS] Open source usability (Was: Peoplesoft UI
> > Here are a few pointers to open source usability articles:
> > A community/portal web site for usability experts and developers:
> > http://openusability.org/
> > The Usability of Open Source Software
> > David M. Nichols and Michael B. Twidale
> > http://www.firstmonday.dk/issues/issue8_1/nichols/
> > An academic look at factors that hinder open source usability
> > and how it can be improved.
> > Improving the Usability of Open Source Software: Usability Testing of
> > StarOffice Calc
> > Susanne Eklund, Michal Feldman, Mary Trombley & Rashmi Sinha
> > http://www.sims.berkeley.edu/~sinha/opensource.html
> > A short paper describing their project
> > The Luxury of Ignorance: An Open-Source Horror Story
> > Eric Raymond
> > http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cups-horror.html
> > Eric Raymond wrote this after trying to configure a
> > printer. He figured out that Linux isn't as usable as it
> > should be...
> > Ronco Spray-On Usability
> > http://daringfireball.net/2004/04/spray_on_usability
> > Comments on Eric Raymond's article. Although it's dated
> > April 1, I think it's a serious article. Takes Eric to
> > task for being naive.