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[opensuse-ux] partitioner
  • From: "Martin Schmidkunz" <martin.schmidkunz@xxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 21 May 2007 10:34:14 +0200
  • Message-id: <op.tsn4rcwbc9mqvx@blafasel>

after agreeing with you many times, that our partitioning module needs some facelift, I have created some mockups how this could look like:

The module would be divided into two tabs:
* basic partitioning
* Logical Volumes (maybe Logical Volumes Management (LVM) would be more appropriate)

The "basic partitioning" tab provides:

* An overview table with informations about hard discs and their partitions (as far as I understood Ihno there are plans
to exchange the device names (hda, hdb) with the device ID, so I try to do this already in this mockup)
* search for hard discs (might be cool for environments with lots of hard discs)
* filter to display e.g. only active hard discs
* an action area in the second half of the module where the user can work on the partitions without having to click an
extra add/edit/delete button; the current mock-up shows the action area when the user clicks on an unallocated disc

I thought about displaing a graphical overview, but I rejected that idea for the following reasons:

* no additional information to the table overview
* might be suitable for desktop environments but not in an environment where there are many partitions to manage which
can be formated with many different file systems
* the target audience (sys admins) prefer numbers to graphics
* useless in textmode
* needs quite a lot of space

I think, that most of the mock-up should be instantly clear, I just want to mention some points:

* hdd activation: to activate a hdd the user has to display an deactivated device and then mark the check box in the

* partitioning schemes: came up in a discussion and should ease the deployment of partitions for
** unexperienced users as they can choose from different schemes (e.g. 3 linux partitions with equal size)
** experienced users as they don`t have to do the same work over and over again but can customize a scheme and then
apply it.

* dynamic resizing: came up in a discussion and means: if unallocated disc space is available and the
partition is quite full it aquires needed disc space automatically.

* Delete partition: the user needs to set the size of the partition on 0 MB.

LVM part:

* the basic workflow of creating a LV is:
** create a physical volume
** create a volume group
** create a logical volume (linear, stripe, mirroring, snapshot)
** format logical volume
** set mount point
** mount it

On the first start of the LVM-tab there will come up a pop-up, which offers the user some help and explanation around
the LV topic. This pop-up will have a "don`t show this dialog again"-button.

The tab is devided into two sections
* physical volumes
* logical volumes

In each section the user can create/edit/delete the corresponding volume type.
Not a killer design, but it seems to me the easiest way to present this topic.

So, what do you think?



Martin Schmidkunz
User Experience Specialist
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