Hot off the heels of the well attended graphics test week, we have another test day queued up for several installer features. If you installed either Fedora 13 Alpha or Beta, you may have noticed the drastically different storage user-interface. This wasn’t an accident. At FUDCon Berlin 2009, several members of the installer team sat down with Mo to make it easier to find and identify the devices that you want to work with during installation. What followed was a pretty spectacular analysis of installer use cases and interaction (checkout Mo’s blog for more info). Interaction design is not something I know much about, but I know when something looks pleasing to the eye and feels well thought out. So kudos to Mo and and installer team for coming up with good ideas, and more importantly, seeing them through.
The second feature under test involves the last bit of refinements to the storage filtering code first introduced in Fedora 11. Certainly not as in your face as the user interface, but without it, you won’t be installing Fedora. Just as with the UI changes, we want to send the installer through as many different code paths as possible. This includes kickstart.
Okay, so enough prep. All that means we have something shiny to test! This Thursday, April 22, there will be a Test Day focused on the improved storage user-interface and storage filtering features. Several focus areas have been identified for testing, ranging from installation to basic devices (IDE, SCSI, USB) to more complex environments (RAID, BIOS RAID, iSCSI, Multipath, FCoE). Members of the installer development team, Fedora QA and Mo will be available to help guide testing and triage issues. Given how this event will be exercising the results of the user interaction analysis, we’re also interested in your thoughts on the improved interface. What works, what doesn’t seem quite right.