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Inside Mobile Design and User Experience

Thoughts on mobile and social business applications, design, and user experience, by Chris Reckling.

ZDNet blogs picked up on a story about Linux desktops in IBM - 24K and growing. In my daily travels around Westford, I see Windows, Macs, and Linux being used on a daily basis. Some people are using their new Macs to triple boot, which seems like a good idea (we are using this in the usability lab, actually). As soon as that Mac client is ready, I'm there! What's in your future?

"As Lotus Notes develops more features for Linux desktop employees are more willing to switch to Red Hat’s desktop client from the familiar Windows environment. Walicki added that as long as employees can do all of their usual activities within Notes–email, messaging and documents–they don’t care about the operating system."

To me, as an end user, the OS is almost irrelevant, except when I need to interact with the file system (i.e. deal with directories, install/uninstall, and so forth). Then I might have to know the particular quirks of the OS. But when you think about it, if you live in Notes or a browser, who cares what the OS is? Of course, if you have built applications to a particular OS api's, then any switch is going to require a bit more thought.

Any good, large scale Linux desktop client stories out there?

Chris Reckling
Program Director, MA UX Design Studio, Lotus Software

Chris Reckling | 18 December 2007 10:57:07 PM ET | Home

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