"Reaction [beta]"

OLPC re-imagines the desktop UI 25 Jan 2007

If you haven't done so already, go check out the OLPC Human Interface Guidelines. It's a little disappointing that they haven't done more user testing, but we're sure you'll agree some of the user interface elements are pretty (r)evolutionary.

For those of you who don't have time to sift through the documentation, head on over to Mike Hearn's blog for a summary of the improvements.. Here are some of Mike's personal highlights to whet your appetite:

  • "Network and presence is fully integrated into the core of the design."
  • "They threw out the clipboard and replaced it with something that doesn't suck."
  • "They junked open/save - wow, it only took like 15 years! The 'Journal' acts as a temporal log of major things you do with the laptop, allowing for easy rewinding of any particular object (file/document) or even the state of the whole machine. The filing system is of course fully versioned. The Journal can even be used to track progress on a particular project or piece of work."
  • "Process vs document has been cleaned up - every document is a separate instance of an activity (application) in the UI. This means an end to the confusing separation between 'running application' and 'document within that application', the legacy of which still haunts us to this day."

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