Inlämning av Examensarbete / Submission of Thesis

Zahidul Alam MSC-2009:12, pp. 48. COM/School of Computing, 2009.

The work

Författare / Author: Zahidul Alam
zahid392@yahoo.com
Titel / Title: Usability of a GNU/Linux Distribution from Novice User’s Perspective
Abstrakt Abstract:

The term Open Source Software (OSS) has been around for a long time in the world of computer science. Open source software development is a process by which we can manufacture economical and qualitative software and its source could be re-use in the improvement of the software. The success of OSS relies on several factors, e.g. usability, functionality, market focus etc. But in the end how popular the software will be measured by the number of users downloading the software and how much the software is usable to the users. Open Source Software achieve the status for stability, security and functionality. Most of this software has been utilized by expert level users of IT. But from the general users or the non-computer user’s point of view the usability issues of Open source software has been faced the most criticism [25, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30]. This factor i.e. the usability issues of general user is also responsible for the limited distribution of the open source software [24]. The development process should apply the “user-centered” methodology [25, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30]. In this thesis paper the issues of usability in OSS development and how the usability of open source software can be improved will be discussed. Beside this I investigate the usability quality of free Open Source Linux-based operating system Ubuntu and try to find out the usability standards of this OSS.

Ämnesord / Subject: Datavetenskap - Computer Science\General
Datavetenskap - Computer Science\Computersystems
Datavetenskap - Computer Science\Effects on Society
Nyckelord / Keywords: Usability, Open Source Software (OSS), Ubuntu.

Publication info

Dokument id / Document id:
Program:/ Programme Magisterprogram i Datavetenskap/MSC in Computer science
Registreringsdatum / Date of registration: 06/15/2009
Uppsatstyp / Type of thesis: Masterarbete/Master's Thesis (120 credits)

Context

Handledare / Supervisor: Mr. Hans Kyhlbäck
hky@bth.se
Examinator / Examiner: Mr. Guohua Bai
Organisation / Organisation: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Institution / School: COM/School of Computing

+46 455 38 50 00

Files & Access

Bifogad uppsats fil(er) / Files attached: thesis_final_version.pdf (427 kB, öppnas i nytt fönster)