John Lim lists some of the requirements for an “enterprise” financial application. I’ve never gone to the lengths John has to pass such an audit but I can imagine it wasn’t easy!
Niall, who should know, says Squeakland is “incredible”. I haven’t tried it myself, but it’s described as “media authoring tool” and is available for Windows, Mac OS, Linux and Unix! Check the “What is Squek?” page for more.
30 years ago this was a fantasy about how children would learn science and math some day on their own notebook personal “Dynabooks”. After many years of building and testing these ideas, today this scenario is real.
The Usability of Open Source Software “They just don’t like to do the boring stuff for the stupid people!” (Sterling, 2002)
Open source communities have successfully developed a great deal of software although most computer users only use proprietary applications. The usability of open source software is often regarded as one reason for this limited distribution. In this paper we review the existing evidence of the usability of open source software and discuss how the characteristics of open source development influence usability. We describe how existing human-computer interaction techniques can be used to leverage distributed networked communities, of developers and users, to address issues of usability.