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Designing for Discovery: Opening the Hood for Open-Source End User

Summary: Designing for Discovery: Opening the
Hood for Open-Source End User
According to the Free Software Movement, the user
ought to have "the freedoms to make changes, and to
publish improved versions" and "to study how the
program works, and adapt it to your needs" [7]. The
Open Source Initiative expects users to access source
code, explaining that "you can't evolve programs
without modifying them. Since our purpose is to make
evolution easy, we require that modification be made
easy" [8]. These philosophies can shape a unique
perspective on software usability that has not been
addressed thoroughly in the open-source domain. That
is: how to design user-interfaces and tools that
facilitate access to source code and encourage the
behaviors envisioned above, namely, to improve the
code, to personalize it, to learn from it, and to share it.
And, as the Open Source Initiative recommends, to


Source: Anderson, Richard - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington at Seattle


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences