Exploring New Paradigms of Computing for GNOME, GNOME.Asia 2010 Presentation


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Helping revolutionize the computing experience by exploring new paradigms like Application-Centric and Ubiquitous Context-Centric Computing. A presentation for COSCUP / GNOME.Asia 2010 in Taipei, Taiwan

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Exploring New Paradigms of Computing for GNOME, GNOME.Asia 2010 Presentation

  1. 1. 您好!
  2. 2. Exploring New Paradigms of Computing for GNOME Allan Caeg UX Designer Philippine Open Source Network allancaeg@gmail.com
  3. 3. Objectives • Explore new ways to make the desktop user experience better than ever • Take advantage of GNOME’s current development stage • Solicit ideas and support to build on this presentation’s recommendations
  4. 4. Sections of This Presentation • The Idea of a Paradigm • How GNOME is Facing Computing Challenges • Exploring New Paradigms
  6. 6. Paradigm’s Definition “The word paradigm stems from the Greek word Paradiegma, originally a scientific term but commonly used today to mean a perception, assumption, theory, frame of reference or lens through which you view the world.” (Stephen Covey, 2004)
  7. 7. Why Work on Paradigm? • “If you want to make significant, quantum improvement, work on paradigms.” (Stephen Covey, 2004)
  9. 9. Today's Compelling Computing Challenges • Increasing number of computing distractions • The need to focus on and speed up productive work
  10. 10. GNOME 3.0 • GNOME Shell revolutionizes computing o New concept of apps o Activities Overview o New notification system o Etc.
  12. 12. The Rise of Mobile Devices • People love mobile platforms • “PCs are going to be like trucks” (Steve Jobs, 2010) • We can learn from mobile devices
  13. 13. Application-Centric Paradigm • “The application is the new operating system” (Matt Asay, 2010) o “Focus on the user…we can surpass Apple in refining the future of the operating system, letting applications, and particularly Web applications, dominate the computing experience, instead of making customers plod through file systems and other remnants of a bygone era.”
  14. 14. Application-Centic Paradigm (Cont.) • To create a more app-centric environment, Allan Day suggests the need for a document manager to reduce the need to access the filesystem • GNOME Shell is now addressing this with the concept odf applications and not just windows
  15. 15. Context-Centric Paradigm • Windows Phone 7 Hubs: people, pictures, games, music & video, marketplace, and office
  16. 16. Context-Centric Paradigm (Cont.) • David Allen’s Getting Things Done o “A few actions can be done anywhere (like drafting ideas about a project with pen and paper), but most require a specific location (at home, at your office) or having some productivity tool at hand, such as a phone or a computer. These are the first factors that limit your choices about what you can do in the moment.”
  17. 17. Context-Centric Paradigm (Cont.) • This may reduce cognitive load or the use of “psychic RAM” (Allen, 2003) • Awareness of context o Time tracking
  18. 18. Ubiquitous Context-Centric Computing • Integration with peripherals (GNOME- based or not) o Take advantages of GPS, accelerometer, RFID, etc. • Integration with non-electronic devices o Augmented reality
  19. 19. Ideas to Make Context- Centrism Happen in GNOME • Scalability • Multiple workspaces • Application categories • Tagging applications, windows, and other elements
  20. 20. Challenges • Defining webapps • Defining contexts • Being fit to the user with established habits and expectations
  21. 21. Finally…
  22. 22. Recommendations • Don't forget the challenges • Assess the Application- and Context- Centric Paradigms • Explore ubiquitous computing • Think of ways to introduce these ideas to GNOME
  23. 23. Comments? Ideas? :) allancaeg@gmail.com