At FUDcon Berlin I started working on mockups to improve Anaconda’s UI with respect to advanced storage devices. E.g., fibre channel, iSCSI, multipath storage devices, etc. etc. etc. – storage devices beyond simple hard drives in your laptop or in your desktop system case. Right now there are a few concerns for working with these devices in Anaconda:
- It can be a little difficult to identify these devices. Depending on the interconnect and depending on what information the administrators of the storage devices provide you with, different types of information are useful and some are not. For example, the vendor’s name of a RAID BIOS array may not be all that useful since multiple types of hard drives may be part of the array, but whether or not a SAN is EMC or QLogic may actually be a useful distinguishing characteristic.
- These types of devices, if there are enough of them on the network, can take too long to load into the UI.
- It can be a little bit scary to be certain of which drives are merely being mounted post-install and which are getting formatted as part of the install.
The Anaconda UI redesign mockup work is still in progress, but I’ve got a pretty good set of mockups for the first half of installation. If there are any multipath / other advanced storage device users out there, I would *love* to hear your feedback on these. Here’s a sampling to entice you to visit the full set of mockups: