26TH Open Systems Days
Croatian Linux Users’ Conference

18 - 19 APRIL 2019

FER, Zagreb, Croatia

4 Lies and 1 Truth about Usability in FOSS


Usability is the new black, isn't it?

In recent years, it seems to have been the loudest buzzword; the hottest trend; the most crowded bandwagon. Of course, being aware of its importance and actually following the best usability practices are two very different things.

While you may have your reasons for not implementing the latest usability findings into your Free and open source software project, it's worth considering how usability - or the lack of it - affects your software.

This talk will briefly explain what usability is and how it can make or break a software project. Next, we will look at four common misconceptions, counter them with real-life examples, and top it all off with one important lesson about usability in FOSS.

The key takeaways for the audience will include a fresh, clear understanding of what usability means for FOSS, and some practical advice they can start using in their own projects immediately.






Ivana Devčić

Translator by trade, Ivana currently works as a technical writer, and spends every waking hour promoting Linux and FOSS. As a Promo cheerleader and contributor to the KDE community, she is keenly aware of how usability impacts the adoption and perception of FOSS projects. Ivana's writing career has seen her wear many hats: from testing different kinds of software and doing UX research to writing reviews, user guides, and developer-focused documentation. All those activities are directly related to software usability, which gives Ivana an interdisciplinary perspective on the issue.


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