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First mock up of new text UI



I spent today thinking through text installs in newui. While I believe that text installs should have minimalistic configuration options, I also believe that the little it has should follow the same sort of idea as the hub/spoke design of newui. Another requirement of text mode is that the same UI work across all text interfaces (real tty, serial, ssh, s390 x3270 shell, etc...), targeting the lowest common platform. For systems like s390x that means no curses, no fancy screen widgets, just dumb text printed on a somewhat narrow screen with no scrolling capability.

What I've done is a hacky mock up of how a text install would progress. Some of these config options might go away (like lang/keymap since we have good command line argument options for these). The idea is the same as newui. A hub from which configuration can be done in any order, but also with some items that are required to be completed. Of note, I brought back the root password selection because with text mode you only get @minimal, and thus no firstboot. We don't want people to have to root their machines just to get a password set. This is pretty much the cmdline UI slightly re-designed.

You'll find a series of screen shots at http://jkeating.fedorapeople.org/textui/ Walk through them as numbered (yes I'm missing a 2-...).

I have no idea yet if we can handle many choice screens like lang and keyboard. Timezone data can be broken down much how tzselect does it.

Feedback would be appreciated!

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Jesse Keating
Fedora -- FreedomĀ² is a feature!


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