October 11, 2005
Novell Launches the Better Desktop Initiative for the Open Source Community
Novell today announced the launch of the Better Desktop initiative, a new component of the openSUSE project that provides open source developers with usability testing data and resources they can use to improve the quality of the Linux* desktop. Novell is releasing primary desktop research, including video footage and analysis of usability tests, at betterdesktop.openSUSE.org. Instructions for constructing and operating a low-cost usability lab will also be provided. For the first time, open source developers worldwide will be able to see for themselves the types of desktop software designs that are succeeding with end users. As a result, open source developers will have the resources to build applications that better meet the needs and expectations of users and ultimately help drive the adoption of Linux on the desktop.