It’s quite some time since we created the current GTK based UI for Anaconda: the OS installer for Fedora, RHEL, CentOS. For a long time we (the Anaconda team) were looking for possibilities to modernize and improve the user experience. In this post, we would like to explain what we are working on, and—most of all—inform you about what you can expect in the future.
First, we need to express that we decided to share this information pretty early. We are currently at the stage where we have made the decisions. We have a ‘working prototype’ of the solution already available but don’t expect screenshots and demos yet!
What you can expect?
We will rewrite the new UI as a web browser-based UI using existing Cockpit technology. We are taking this approach because Cockpit is a mature solution with great support for the backend (Anaconda DBus). The Cockpit team is also providing us with great support and they have significant knowledge which we could use. We thank them for helping us a lot with the prototype and creating a foundation for the future development.
We also decided for this step to be consistent with the rest of the system. More and more projects have support in Cockpit. By this step we should make the system more consistent between different applications. The great UX improvement should be easier remote installations compared to the current VNC solution. You can expect a lot of other improvements but let’s wait and see :).
Furthermore, we are building the new UI on top of the Anaconda modularization effort which we are implementing quite some time now. It’s great to see the fruits of our work which helps us now with the creation of the new UI. That also means that users of Fedora shouldn’t be much impacted by the changes during development of the new UI. A big part of Anaconda is now Anaconda modules with DBus APIs and we are reusing that API. We haven’t yet decided the approach for upstream development. We will tell you more about this in the future.
At the current state, we cannot communicate yet the expected day of the new UI or the minimum viable product availability. However, we will make sure to keep you informed about our progress from time to time, ensuring you know what to expect
We are thrilled about this new change and hopefully you are too! We look forward to give you something to play with!