- Baby Duck Syndrome
Baby Duck Syndrome denotes the tendency for computer users to "imprint" on the first system they learn, then judge other systems by their similarity to that first system. The result is that "users generally prefer systems similar to those they learned on and dislike unfamiliar systems." [http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/web/library/wa-cranky50.html "Baby duck syndrome: Imprinting on your first system makes change a very hard thing"] , Peter Seebach, "
developerWorks", 2 March 2005] It is most commonly seen in a person moving from a Windows operating system to a free Unix-likeoperating system, especially Linuxand BSD.Fact|date=June 2007 It is also common, but less prominent, amongst Macintoshusers.Fact|date=June 2007
A common example of Baby Duck Syndrome is users who prefer the
keyboard layoutof the first computer they used, leading manufacturers to produce keyboards with discontinued layouts. [ [http://www.pfusystems.com/hhkeyboard/hhkeyboard.html Happy Hacking Keyboard] product description (no longer manufactured)] Baby Duck Syndrome also has been invoked to explain the preference of many users for QWERTYkeyboards despite the widespread belief that the Dvorak layout is superior, although this is by no means the only explanation which has been offered for this phenomenon (see for example Path dependence).
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