Monthly Archives: March 2011

Five features that help users choose the right package for them

When users perform a search or browse a category in a package manager, there is still a lot of options to choose from. In my user studies, all of the users were able to eventually install the software they needed, … Continue reading

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PPTP VPN problem over SpeedTouch ST516 solved

I recently needed to connect to a VPN over PPTP on either Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat), and/or Windows Vista running inside VirtualBox on Ubuntu, and/or Windows Vista running normally. I was using a SpeedTouch ST516 v6 DSL modem with TekSavvy … Continue reading

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App Store has more packages, but less variety

As of March 12th, 2011, Apple’s App Store contained 463,131 “apps” for download. That gives it more packages than any other package manager I studied. Despite this, users had the most difficulty finding an application to suit the purpose they … Continue reading

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