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Re: simple design and consistent look and feel



Rahul Sundaram wrote:
Hi

After reading http://dimitris.glezos.com/weblog/2007/09/07/mirror-manager-look-n-feel/ , I wanted to share a few quick thoughts.

While the mirror list that we have in place now does look much better, we generally shouldn't exposing this to end users at all. EPEL comes in top of Fedora in the mirror list filter and shows all the versions of Fedora including the ancient versions which probably should move into a separate page for archived releases.
I saw that on http://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/publiclist/ I think it looks great. There are a couple of comments related to the ordering and making it more obvious which is the current release. And we shouldn't be exposing users to the public mirror list? I disagree, especially during release time people need to figure out which mirrors work (many of them get overwhelmed) and the public list is kept fairly accurate because of its checks and when a user gets to a mirror that is too slow for them, they can take a closer look.
The mirror list filter should point people to the actively maintained releases or just the latest release. Most users would use EPEL via the repository release package and not download individual packages from the mirrors and hence should be below Fedora.

The front page of Fedora should feature a prominent download button leading to a easy choice of spins, architecture and region in simple plain language. http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download makes it much more approachable compared to a long list of mirrors where people not familiar with the mirror structure is bound to get confused which does happen often.

Already being worked on as discussed here:

https://hosted.fedoraproject.org/projects/fedora-infrastructure/ticket/74

This took quite a bit more effort then we thought, good thing we have mdomsch on hand :)

It would also be better if all the sub domains had the same look at feel. http://docs.fedoraproject.org still retains the old design for example.

This is on hold as they are moving to a project from SoC, I'm not sure of its projects. As for the rest of our projects:

https://hosted.fedoraproject.org/projects/fedora-infrastructure/ticket/55

It's set up as an F9 target. Ricky and glezos in particular have excelled in producing these looks. http://fedorapeople.org/ http://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/publiclist/ and http://hotsed.fedoraproject.org/ are just some examples of their recent handy work. We're quite lucky to have them.

   -Mike


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