On Tue, May 20, 2014 at 6:12 PM, Jim Hall <jh...@freedos.org> wrote:
> I've been out for the last two years, working on my Master's degree
> (M.S. in Scientific & Technical Communication) but I finally graduated
> earlier in May! My Master's capstone is "Usability Themes in Open
> Source Software" (which expanded on my earlier research project in
> free software & usability). If you're interested in reading it, the
> PDF and ebook versions are on my web page.
> <http://www.freedos.org/jhall/>

I grabbed the ePub version, for later reading on the tablet.  I gave
it a quick scan, and saw the extensive references to ESR's writings.
I've known Eric for decades, and first met him before he became
famous.  I believe he's actually pushing the "With enough eyes, all
bugs become shallow" as Linus's Law these days, because the notion
occurred to him during participation on the Linux kernel list, and
Linus agreed it expressed his beliefs.

What did you use to produce the ePub?  And I'll hazard that the Mobi
conversion from ePub was via Calibre?

> But I'm not quite done yet! I'm currently writing a version of my
> capstone project that I'll submit to the Journal of Usability Studies.
> I think I can get three articles out of it: the usability study &
> results, using a heat map to display usability results, and a lit
> review of usability in free / open source software.

We certainly need it.  Open source software tends to be well crafted
under the hood, but problematic for end users who have to deal with
it.  I was just in a discussion about the issue on another list.

> And both Linux Journal and Linux Voice said they would like to run a
> version of my article, so I'm writing separate versions for them. The
> SourceForge folks also asked me to write an ongoing series of articles
> for their blog, about usability in free / open source software.

Excellent.  I think versions of the audience aimed at general readers
are needed.   A paper written as part of a thesis requirement is a
specialized beast. And a blog series for SourceForge would be a boon,
if nothing else to get across the notion that mere mortals may have to
use the code.

> I already have a small list of FreeDOS projects that I want to work
> on. I know there are some areas of the website that need improvement
> (stale links, out of date web pages, etc). And SourceForge sent me a
> nice email the other day, warning me that they are stopping the Wiki
> service (which we use) so I need to find another home for that by June
> 19.

Migrate to Github?

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