KDE-Edu Education Survey

The KDE-Edu team is looking for feedback from their users, to help drive development in directions that best suit their needs. All users are welcome to have their say. A short five-minute questionnaire has been created, asking for three key points where you think the KDE-Edu applications could be improved, as well as to gather general feedback. We look forwards to hearing your responses.


Student Applications Open for 2009 OpenUsability Season of Usability

Are you a student of design, usability, human factors, or other HCI-related field? Are you interested in working on an open source project? For 10-15 hours a week between June 1 and August 31, you could work with an experienced usability mentor on a fun and interesting design project! An added bonus is the $1000 USD internship stipend at the end of the project.

The OpenUsability Season of Usability is a series of sponsored student projects to encourage students of usability, user-interface design, and interaction design to get involved with Free/Libre/Open-Source Software (FLOSS) projects. Inspired by Google’s Summer of Code™, OpenUsability offers sponsored student projects. Other than the Google projects that address developers, they aim at students of usability, user-interface design, and interaction design. Students experience the interdisciplinary and collaborative development of user interface solutions in international software projects while getting into OSS development.


HIG Hunting Season: Icons

The great work of the Oxygen icon artists is a much discussed and anticipated part of KDE 4. The new icons now follow the naming specification which makes it easier to share icons between applications of several desktop environments. In the HIG hunt this week, we will check that this work lives up to its full potential by looking for missing icons and wrong uses. Read on for more details.


HIG Hunting Season in its 3rd Week

Are you fed up with cryptic error messages you don't understand? Then get involved! This week's target of the HIG Hunting Season is warnings and error messages. Read on for more details.


Munich's KDE Desktops Usability Certified

Munich's KDE distribution LiMux has been certified to meet the international usability standard ISO 9241. The use of KDE 3 as an "effective, efficient and satisfactory" working environment is named as a decisive factor for passing the certification. Read on for more details.


The HIG Hunting Season Continues

The HIG Hunting Season for KDE 4 continues. This week we focus is on the written word with a new checklist on text and fonts. Are you impatiently waiting for KDE 4? Would you like to help KDE make this release a full success? Then get involved! Read on for more details.



HIG Hunting Season Now Open

In the scope of the KDE 4 Usability Review Cycle that started on May 9, the KDE Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Working Group hereby announces the HIG Hunting Season to be open. Read on for more details.


Season of Usability Focuses on Two KDE Applications

The Season of Usability, run by the OpenUsability project has kicked off with two KDE applications in the focus: BasKet Note Pads and the KDE 4 universal document viewer Okular.


BasKet Note Pads Usability Survey

Users of BasKet Note Pads, an advanced notepad application for the KDE desktop, are called to participate in a usability survey. The survey is carried out by the recently launched BasKet Usability Project, a sponsored student project in the "Season of Usability" of

About the BasKet Usability Project


Looking Back on Three Years of OpenUsability with Jan Mühlig

Just following the recent World Usability Day and a few months past the third birthday of OpenUsability I took some time to talk to Jan Mühlig, one of the OpenUsability founders and to get an inside look at some of the history of the project, how it works from the inside and some of the current direction.

OpenUsability Milestones

  • July 2003

    Relevantive KDE / Linux usability study published