FUDcon Lawrence: Overhauling the Fedora release model

Photo by Ryan Lerch This talk was part of the Fedora Users’ and Developers’ Conference in Lawrence, Kansas this past weekend. A full video of the talk is available. The Problem Spot gave this talk; it was essentially a proposal to change the model under which we release Fedora – not how we actually produce the bits and push them out, but more of the logistics around the release schedule and what names we give various versions of Fedora. The problem Spot was looking to solve with this problem is related to Fedora 18’s slippage. Fedora 18 had the longest slip in Fedora history – we were roughly two and a half months off of our schedule. One of the reasons for this is that we had a very large feature slated for Fedora 18 – the new Anaconda installer. Fitting something that large into a 6 month release cycle is challenging. If the installer ships broken, every part of the release is affected, so multiple slips were granted this release cycle to make sure we released with a solid and working installer. Slipping, though, causes a lot of problems, but so does missing out on opportunities to make large …

Storage from a UX designer's perspective

Designing interfaces to deal with storage technologies is not only hard, it’s terrifying. This is especially true if you aren’t familiar with the storage technologies involved and have to learn how they work on-the-fly, even if you don’t have easy or any access to work with some of these (typically quite expensive) technologies first-hand. After we redesigned the storage UI for Anaconda around Fedora 12 or so, I gave a short talk at the Linux Plumbers’ Conference in 2010 to share my storage UX ‘war stories.’ We very happily have an interaction design intern, Stephanie Manuel, who will be working on putting together a usability test plan for the new Anaconda UI, courtesy of the the Outreach Program for Women. Since I need to get Stephanie up to speed on how some of the storage technologies Anaconda deals with work, I decided to provide a summary of that Linux Plumbers’ talk to make it a bit easier to access. Storage for Desktop Users So if you’re a general desktop user, there’s a few kinds of storage devices you’re pretty familiar with. Your laptop has a hard drive, perhaps an SSD (solid state disk), you likely have at least a couple …