Ubuntu developers: Available job focused on building the ultimate user testing tool
In the latest releases, there is a noticeable design-based "touch" in Ubuntu, effort lead and sustained by a dedicated design team, specialized in creating and implementing optimized, clearly named, properly organized and polished bits, transforming Ubuntu into a holder of own-identity with easily-to-be-remembered marks (brand elements), like for instance the Ambiance theme that, when seen on a Youtube clip, immediately allows the user to identify that clip as featuring Ubuntu.
While Ubuntu's mentioned bits are definitely appreciated, equally important is the fact that the developers are basing their overall creativity on user testing, sometimes with people (literally) "from the street", where the Ubuntu "concept" is practically unknown, testing conducted with the purpose of finding, identifying various issues; once identified, the issues are fixes and/or the design is redesigned, amount of energy targeted towards an operating system suitable for numerous use cases, for both newcomers and "old" versed users.
The above specified tendencies add a clear user-centric approach to Ubuntu, approach perceived as such not only by users, by also by famous deeply-rooted-into-open-source persons, like Linus Torvalds, stating, months ago, that Ubuntu is very user-centric.
The developers have just announced a new job opportunity for interested developers, job labeled as "Looking for a contractor to build the ultimate user testing tool. Anyone ready for the challenge?".
Although being just a speculation, the testing tool is either to be landed in Ubuntu (thus being available for users) and/or to be created for specific "closed" (with newcomers from various locations and for various specific design changes), yet the important aspect is the continuation of Ubuntu as being based on testing, not shifting from its user base and constantly landing features according to what users need, want, demand and aligning the user in the middle/core of Ubuntu actions and future plans.