Where would you like your install today?

We are making some great progress on Anaconda’s UI revamp mockups after last week’s Anaconda team meetings. Here’s the storage flow diagram, now annotated with the screen #’s from the mockups: So let’s dive into the screens as they look so far. These are hot-of-the-press and may suck, so of course we’re posting them here for your perusal, critique, and feedback so we can make them better! I’ve tried to highlight areas where we’d like the most feedback just like this. 9-1-1 / Install Destination Simple So the deal with this screen is that it’s the main / default interface for selecting disks connected to your system for installation. As mocked up here, you could say we’ve got a laptop with a blank SSD and some other smaller peripheral storage devices plugged in. Local / Standard Drives The top half shows your run-of-the-mill laptop hard drives, external USB drives, etc.: There’s a small piechart in the upper right that roughly & quickly shows how much space is taken up (filled in) and how much is free (unpartitioned + free on fs). If you hover over any of these standard drives, you’ll get a tooltip breaking down how much free space …

Adventures in recruiting new free software ninjas video

Chris Macken totally rocks. He’s in the process of posting the videos he filmed at Boston Software Freedom Day 2011, with some really nice editing and titling. Above is the video of my keynote he put together. (the slides are here.) In case the embedding doesn’t work on planet, click the screenshot below for the link: Chris also has talks from A. Richard Miller and Walter Bender posted; keep checking in with his website for more as he posts them!

Anaconda Whiteboards

David Lehman and Will Woods are in the Boston area this week so along with Chris Lumens, Peter Jones, and David Cantrell we’ve all been whiteboarding away, planning and refinement on the upcoming Anaconda UI redesign that is scheduled to land in Fedora 17.
These are just whiteboards; I’m hoping we’ll have a more detailed post after our brains cool off from the gears churning so intensely 🙂 Most of the discussion so far has been about the (opt-in) partitioning screens, and overall flow.

Overall Flow


Bootloader Config and Install Use Cases


Software Freedom Day Boston / Ninja Recruitment

Deb Nicholson, Asheesh Laroia, and the OpenHatch project organized this year’s Software Freedom Day Boston.
I gave a keynote presentation on how design bounties have worked for the Fedora Design team, and the steps to create your own bounty. You may have noticed our newest bounty was posted the morning of Software Freedom Day, and we’ve already got a ninja recruit working on it!
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    There were a lot of great talks by Boston-area community leaders. I was surprised to learn, for example, that the local python meetup in Boston is 1200+ members strong. I’m hoping to be able to make some time to get involved in the Boston python community in particular soon.

Fedora Design Bounty: Installer Ransom Notes

Fedora Design Team Bounty
The Fedora Design Team Bounty is a type of blog post where we’ll outline a quick-and-easy design project that needs doing for the Fedora Community, outlining all the tools, files, and other resources you’ll need to complete the project. If you’re a designer and are interested in getting involved in the free and open source community, this is a good opportunity to get your feet wet!

Fedora Installer Ransom Notes

Today, when you install Fedora, you have to wait between 5-45 minutes (depending if you’re using live media or the full installer, and how many apps you select) for the install process to finish. While you wait, this is what the installer screen looks like:
Install Progress Screen in Fedora 15