Research

Cloud and server

Autopilot: benefits of early release

by Carla Berkers on 24 May 2016

OpenStack is the leading open cloud platform, and Ubuntu is the world’s most popular operating system for OpenStack. Over the

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Ubuntu Developer Summit: Design Theatre

by Canonical on 7 May 2012

Normally the Ubuntu/Canonical Design Team are busy working on our own projects, but it makes a really good change to work on other Free Software design...

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Berlin: Typobau: Ubuntu Arabic Ausstellung/Exhibition

by Canonical on 19 April 2012

Some of original sketches for Ubuntu Arabic are about to go on display in Berlin! We’ve talked before about the work done by Rayan Abdullah on drawing and...

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About Usability Testing – Recruiting

by Canonical on 2 March 2012

Every three months, I conduct benchmark usability testing.  I’m calling these tests ‘benchmark testing’ because the aim of these sessions is to measure our...

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Thunderbird & Evolution Usability Testing

by Canonical on 4 August 2011

Recently we hired an external consultant to compare the usability of 2 email clients: Thunderbird and Evolution. I have taken some highlights from the report...

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Unity Benchmark Usability – April 2011

by Canonical on 22 April 2011

First and last impressions of Unity were that it was quite user-friendly, and pleasing in its design and ease of learning. The majority of participants left...

Cloud and server

Thunderbird in the Usability Lab!

by Canonical on 16 February 2011

 I have just completed sessions of usability testing of Thunderbird. This time, I had the pleasure of working with Andreas Nilsson, who came to London to...

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Can We Appropriate Design?

by Canonical on 13 January 2011

’Appropriation’ – the taking of a product and using it for one’s own purposes, in ways unintended by the product creators – is implicitly at the core of the...

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Participate in research

by Alejandra Obregon on 27 November 2010

Are you a developer or systems administrator that uses Ubuntu at work and/or at home?We’re looking for people who might be available to help us on a current...

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When users first encounter Ubuntu: six showstoppers

by Canonical on 11 June 2010

We recently conducted usability testing to see how users respond to Ubuntu on their first encounter. Overall, first impressions are good.  Typical remarks...

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CHI paper: What would other programmers do: suggesting solutions to error messages

by Canonical on 22 April 2010

Abstract Interpreting compiler errors and exception messages is challenging for novice programmers. Presenting examples of how other programmers have...