A New Experience

So a couple of weeks ago, after a fraction over 12 years, I bade farewell to the Solaris Desktop team to join Oracle's Systems Experience Design team, known internally as sxDesign, which has a wider but still largely Solaris-focused usability remit.1

There's been a good deal of overlap and collaboration between the two teams over the years anyway, so it's not exactly a step into the unknown. The elders among you might remember a GNOME 1.4 usability study I presented at GUADEC in 2001, for example, which was primarily the handiwork of a previous incarnation of sxDesign… I pretty much just turned up at the end to steal the glory for the Desktop team. In your face, people I'm going to be working with now!2


1 A move I was first approached about making in about 2003, I think… who says I'm rubbish at making snap decisions?

2 I'm not really. They all left years ago.

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So, I'm assuming that Solaris Desktop team is downsizing a good bit... What does that mean for solaris? I hope systems experience still encompasses the desktop...

Posted by Francois Dion on September 17, 2012 at 03:10 PM GMT+00:00 #

Yes, the Systems Experience Design team has always worked on desktop projects as required. It made sense for the Desktop team to have me as a dedicated UX guy ten years ago when GNOME itself, let alone the Solaris-specific enhancements we shipped, needed a good deal of usability help. Nowadays, not so much, but I still expect to be helping out back in desktop-land from time to time.

The Solaris desktop remains a fully-supported and important part of the OS, not least for customers who rely on the Trusted Extensions, for example. But as long as we're not shipping anything newer than GNOME 2.30 (for various reasons, the most obvious being GNOME 3's unsuitability for Sun Ray environments), then the amount of value we can add either to the Solaris desktop or back to the GNOME community naturally diminishes somewhat with each release. I'd like to think we can get over that hump sooner rather than later, but until then it just made sense for me to join the pool of UX people who work on other Solaris components, too.

Posted by Calum on September 17, 2012 at 04:04 PM GMT+00:00 #

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I am an Interaction Designer in the Systems Experience Design team, arriving at Oracle via Sun where I've worked since 2000. I currently work on sysadmin user experience projects for Solaris. Formerly I worked on open source Solaris desktop projects such as GNOME, NWAM and IPS.

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