Summary: Interesting information in LibreOffice UI research here: http://user-prompt.com/libreoffice-user-research-results-vol-4/
The (Pre) ramble: Want just one tiny item in LibreOffice 4, and so had another go at installing an update for LibreOffice. The bugs for installing on Windows where 1) you get false errors preventing the process from working and 2) Spellchecker not working due to another error are still there after 4 years. The solutions are easy. 1) Registry hack. 2) Delete your profile.
But I got distracted, and went to look up on the OO > LO UI debate that I've followed a bit for 4 years. There is some angst in the forums with a [false] dichotomy between "Fix bugs" or "Improve UI". It is interesting to note the rationale, that includes "MSO ribbon is good" and "Need to compete with M$" and "just do it for your users"
I think there is room for research in this area in Moodle. Stuart has shown us some. (The references I am too lazy to look up now) Why not a few Masters thesis level projects on Moodle UI?
Re LibreOffice and UI, here are some random links on a few random aspects of a FOSS project:
- Wanting the old days back. https://wiki.openoffice.org/wiki/Renaissance
- Continuous debate about tools. http://nabble.documentfoundation.org/Experimental-new-LibreOffice-UI-td4048178.html
- People who want NO change at all. http://iloveubuntu.net/creative-developer-releases-updated-interesting-libreoffice-ui-mockup
- Really, really cool mockups. http://pauloup.deviantart.com/art/LibreOffice-UI-Mock-up-dark-1-193805290
- Angst, and discussion shut down by moderators. http://ask.libreoffice.org/en/question/7815/i-dont-want-donate-you-because/
- Some serious hacks, after all, it's open source and there are undocumented features http://scottintheway.kinja.com/easily-bring-libre-office-into-the-21st-century-476728810
- Coming up hackfest with a focus somewhere on UI https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Hackfest/FOSDEM2014
Wondering if we can make any real headway with Moodle UI.