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How to make more users love free software

Clarissa Borges


In the free software ecosystem most users end up being someone who has a technological background. Meanwhile, many regular software users stick to proprietary solutions.

This talk covers the love story between free software and usability and how easily we can improve the user experience on our products by running usability tests along different stages of the development cycle. Further, we will learn how to run these tests on our own, while commenting on experiences running usability tests on GNOME. We also discuss how to create ways for the community to start contributing.


3 years, 7 months ago

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This talk was presented at LibrePlanet.


LibrePlanet is the Free Software Foundation's annual conference. The FSF campaigns for free/libre software, meaning it respects users' freedom and community. We believe that users are entitled to this; all software should be free.


We do not advocate "open source".

That term was coined to reject our views. It refers to similar practices, but usually presented solely as advantageous, without talking of right and wrong.


Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 by announcing development of the free operating system, GNU. By 1992, GNU was nearly operational; one major essential component was lacking, the kernel.


In 1992, Torvalds freed the kernel Linux, which filled the last gap in GNU. Since then, the combined GNU/Linux system has run in millions of computers. Nowadays you can buy a new computer with a totally free GNU/Linux system preinstalled.


The views of the speaker may not represent the Free Software Foundation. The Foundation supports the free software cause and freedom to share, and basic freedoms in the digital domain, but has no position on other political issues.