We could consider 3 broad categories of users:
- Novice to Gnome (Kubuntu or Xubuntu user?)
Novice to GnomeShell, but experienced with Gnome desktop
- Novice to anything other than Windows
Gnome Shell's Stated Areas of New Paradigms
- Launching applications
- Accessing documents
- Organizing open windows
- Add a directory of MP3 songs from a CD to the media player library
- Provide disk
- Rhythmbox media player
- Checks: accessing hardware peripherals, juggling 2 applications (Nautilus, RB)
- Copy table 1 from document 1 into document 2 as table 6
- Provide document 1 and document 2 (possibly a very recent one and a very old one)
- Checks: finding and opening files, moving data between windows
- Find image added to collection 3 weeks ago and email to a friend
- Provide image name and date of change (approx) and email contact info
- Thunderbird or Evolution?
- Checks: finding files based on age/name, attaching files to email
- Create a workspace for email and messaging, one for image editing, one for document editing, and one for media player
- Same email as previous task, have instant messenger chat with user incoming
- Use GIMP for image editing, have multiple images open (make lots of windows)
- Use same document editing as previous task
- Use same media items as for previous task
- Have all open and ready for user - present them with a lot of Windows, just don't have them organized on workspaces (or have some open, some not)
- Edit a file requiring root permission (e.g. add a new ip/host to /etc/hosts)
- Test being able to elevate to super user permissions
I'm not sure what kind of tasks would be realistic for workspace management - that is more of something people do to help them get other tasks done quicker.
CalumBenson: FWIW, here's the list of tasks we used in Sun's last GNOME desktop study (which was a few years ago now):
- Start up, log in, explore desktop for frequently used software.
- Modify the desktop to support frequent work activities, test lock screen, modify system preferences.
- Follow instructions in an email to create, save, and print a memo.
- Find a previously saved file on external media, copy file, paste file, edit, save, and print.
- Follow instructions in an email to set an appointment or meeting and send an email reply.
- Follow instructions in an email to open a URL navigate to a web page, and print the content.
- Follow instructions in an email to navigate to a network share, edit files on the network share, copy files to the local computer, and print files.
- Log out and shut down the computer