[Design-team] Anaconda, the comic book

Máirín Duffy duffy at fedoraproject.org
Thu Jan 20 15:46:18 UTC 2011

Hey Jef :)

On Thu, 2011-01-20 at 15:45 +0100, Jef van Schendel wrote:
> I think it's a great idea, but I have to ask... What's with the hotdog? :)
> As much as I love the line "Fedora tastes great with ketchup!" I have
> to wonder how serious you are with this? ;)

He's our happy mascot. Actually I had him handy, otherwise I would have
used a panda :)

> Anyway, should we comment on the comics themselves or on the design of
> the installer? If the latter, here are two things I noticed after
> skimming it:

The design of the installer... the ordering of the screens, the general
flow and experience :)!
> - Why does she have to click her mouse to log in on the Live version?

She doesn't have to. But I noticed when I was teaching the girl scouts
using live USB media, they would always get confused at the login
screen. I think maybe the timeout is too long - maybe it should just
auto-login? You can click at the login screen though to override the
timeout and log in immediately, so that's why I'd added the click in
there, from watching the girls sit at that same screen, clicking away to
make it go away.

> - "Please wait while we examine your disk drive(s)" is pretty long,
> what's wrong with "Examing disk drives..." ?

I like yours better! I think I just copied what the anaconda popup
dialog says today on that one.
> As for the comic idea:
> - Woah, Design Comics is excellent!

Yeh isn't it! There's a zip file on the site called 'sources', that has
everything in one file. It's pretty easy to drag and drop them into
inkscape. I've been using the raster versions... the F14 version of
inkscape will auto-embed them!

> - What do you want to use this for? Is it "just for" a blog post or do
> you really want to use it as a usability review?

It's more to think through and visualize the overall screen flow of
anaconda and make sure we're:

- asking things of the user in the right order
- accounting for edge cases (e.g. here we have someone who already has
windows on their machine. in a lot of thinking about the installer, i
think there's a tendency to assume a blank slate hard drive or a system
that has had linux installed previously.)
- not asking the user too much or putting him/her through an avoidable
amount of trouble.

> - If it's to be used as a review, i'm not sure if the Windows bashing
> is a really necessary. I'm guessing, though, that you wanted Andrea to
> have an incentive to try out Fedora?

Yeh, it really serves two purposes:

- give Andrea a reason to try Fedora
- outline how the installer experience works for someone who's got
Windows on their computer and doesn't want to blow it away

Thanks for the fast feedback!!! 


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