Re: [Usability] Usability study for GNOME on netbooks?
- From: Calum Benson <Calum Benson Sun COM>
- To: Stormy Peters <stormy gnome org>
- Cc: usability gnome org, GNOME Mobile <mobile-devel-list gnome org>
- Subject: Re: [Usability] Usability study for GNOME on netbooks?
- Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2009 16:09:03 +0100
On 22 Apr 2009, at 22:53, Stormy Peters wrote:
As many of you know, I'm interested in putting together a usability
for GNOME on netbooks.
I've gotten a few quotes from usability companies/contractors and I've
gotten some interest from advisory board member companies.
However, I could use some help shaping up the study. I'm not a
expert, nor really a GNOME on netbook expert (just a user), so I
Things left to do:
- Figure out exactly what we want feedback on,
Well, it sounds like you're wanting to focus on the things that
differentiate a netbook from a laptop or a desktop machine, and think
about what elements of the GNOME user experience those might affect.
Completely off the top of my head (and as somebody who's probably used
a netbook for all of about two hours), that might be things like:
* Smaller screen : smaller fonts, smaller targets to hit. Is the
GNOME desktop legible at those sizes? Are our default fonts and anti-
aliasing good enough, and if not, are they easy enough to adjust? Are
things like window manager buttons big enough, and if not, are they
easy enough to adjust them? Is the trackpad too sensitive/not
sensitive enough for manoeuvring around a smaller, more densely-
populated space, and if not, is it easy enough to... well, you get the
* Increased mobility : suspend/resume more often, connect to different
networks more often. Is suspend/resume fast and reliable enough? Is
it easy enough to join wireless networks, with appropriate levels of
interaction for secure v. insecure, and for ones you've never joined
before v. ones you join often?
* Connection to other devices: netbooks tend to have smaller HDs, no
optical drive etc., so potentially more need to connect to other
devices. How easy is it to connect to external or networked DVD
drives, hard drives etc.?
* Data sync: netbooks often used as secondary devices, so more need to
sync data with a desktop or laptop computer, or data from different
cloud services. How easy is it to do that?
CALUM BENSON, Usability Engineer Sun Microsystems Ireland
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Any opinions are personal and not necessarily those of Sun Microsystems
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