Making Ubuntu Friendly more… friendly
When was the last time you ran “System Testing”? If you search in the dash for “friendly” or “system testing” then you’ll be able to run the wizard to see how “friendly” your system is with Ubuntu.
That’s totally wizard! But, why would I want to do this? Because I’m friendly, so I want to submit my friendly results to friendly dot ubuntu dot com, so that I can help other people who want to check friendly dot ubuntu dot com for friendly ubuntu systems. Then we can all be friendly with each other!
Still not friendly enough? Well, how about a changing the design? In the Design Theatre session, there was some discussion about how to make System Testing more enjoyable (I have other vocabulary). But, seriously, the testing results are important to the community, so making it easier to complete correctly was one of the topics discussed.
If you run System Testing, you will see that the interface has already improved visually:
The discussion included talk about the location and wording of buttons, as well as icon association and device considerations (eg. Nexus 7). But, perhaps the most interesting part of the discussed “design” was the design for motivation. The idea of gamification was presented: there should be some fun involved in the testing process, and there should be a reward for doing it. That sounds like it would go well with Ubuntu Accomplishments.
Design lesson of the day: more fun! (I sense a trend)
Ubuntu is meant to be fun and friendly. Let’s continue to make Ubuntu this way.
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