October 16, 2001

Jakob Nielsen on how Apple blew it, how Linux will blow it, and the next big thing

Author: JT Smith

The Register: "Will Linux desktops innovate? No. I don't think of that as being the solution: because
it's open source.

It doesn't lend itself to coming up with new paradigms. The one thing it's very good
thing at is designing software for other hackers, for other nerds, really.

That's their skill and that's their strength - there's a thousand nerds to look at it. If
something doesn't work it's going to be a debate on the mailing lists and it's going
to be fixed.

But that's a bad method for complex decision management or business
professionals or this next generation of home users, because that requires a very
different project management approach, a clear vision."


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