Install Fedora Button for LiveCD

Kamil Paral kparal at
Tue Apr 3 13:26:37 UTC 2012

I was quite depressed how hard it can be for a layman to find a way to install Fedora from LiveCD environment. If you don't recognize the icon in Gnome Shell Overview mode, it can give you quite some work to find it. Since OSS philosophy is "if you don't like it, fix it", I did. In the last two days I have created a Gnome Shell extension that puts a button on the top bar that says "Install to Hard Drive". It has an icon attached, so it's very visible. The graphics and the text is taken from anaconda's .desktop file, so localization should work OOTB. When you click the button, the installation process starts the same way as if you had run it from the overview.

You can see it here:

What do you think? Better than default?

I personally think it's definitely better than default. I'm sure it can be improved in many ways, but this was my first GS extension ever and I'm really lame, so bear with me (patches welcome). The source code is here:

How to try out:
1. boot F17 Beta RC2 Live
2. extract the extension to /usr/share/gnome-shell/extensions/
3. restart gnome-shell (Alt+F2 -> r)
4. install gnome-tweak-tool and enable this extension

Future steps if people like it:
a) find out how to include this just on the livecd, but not on the installed system
b) modify gsettings to have this extension automatically enabled
c) ask anaconda team to include it into their project and maintain it

Comments welcome.


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