[Fedora-livecd-list] Test3 LiveCD QA issues
mspevack at redhat.com
Wed Apr 4 15:46:07 UTC 2007
I just spent about 90 minutes going through Test3, starting with the Gnome
LiveCD and working my way through installation, firstboot, and login. I
tried to relive my days as a QA engineer and adopt the mindset of a user
who isn't deeply technical, and as a user who becomes uncomfortable at
anything that doesn't seem to "just work" the way it's expected to.
I have a number of suggestions and straight bugs. I don't have the time
to open bugzillas for all of these.
Most of this is LiveCD stuff, but some of it is general QA.
Will -- I'm going to leave it up to you to file Bugzillas, etc. as
Booting the LiveCD, grub gives you two options:
Fedora-7-Test3-Live-i386 from RAM
This is confusing -- should I choose default or no? What's the difference
between the two? I think users will be confused.
The default user name at the Live CD's gdm -- this is a simple change
s/Fedora live CD/Fedora/
then if it's a LiveUSB or LiveDVD, the user name doesn't look odd
First impressions of the LiveCD desktop
We want it to be uncluttered, and to show off the coolest stuff in the
most obvious way. To that end:
- do we need the SCIM module in the top right?
- do we need the Desktop search module in the top right?
What about the default applications at the top of the GNOME panel?
- now: evolution, web browser
Why not also add some useful/common apps:
- instant messenger
- the gimp
- We need a default homepage for Firefox that isn't just the generic
- We need to update the default bookmarks for Firefox in F7. There's
actually a wiki page where we're working on the list.
I tried every single application under "Applications", "Places", and
"System". It was a disappointing experience. Has anyone else done this,
both for the liveCD and/or for the actual installed distro?
- abiword crashes on startup
- "calendar" in the office section is actually Evolution and it
crashes when you close it
- "email" in the top launcher is also Evolution, and it too crashes
(obviously) when you close it.
- "tasks" in the office section -- same thing
- so shouldn't it just have one more generalized name?
- "Other->Theme Installer" doesn't do anything, and should be
- CD Player takes a long time to boot, and then locks/crashes
- "Places->Network" crashes when you close it and takes down the
whole gnome panel, which restarts
- "System->Administration->Logical Volume Manager" gives "unknown
error" on startup.
- "System->About Fedora" can't load properly due to missing
Trying out the installer
The "restart" button at the end of the anaconda/install window didn't
work, and I had to manually restart the machine from Gnome's system menu.
"License Information" in Firstboot
- Can we make the text box smaller, to better fit the text that is in it?
- Either the "Forward" button should say "Understood, please proceed" or
the place in the grey where it says "Understood, please proceed" should
simply be gone. It looks dumb.
"Hardware Profile" screen in Firstboot.
Let's clean up the text. It's quite wordy, and contains incorrect
"Smolt is a hardware profiler for the Fedora Project. Submitting your
profile helps focus our efforts on pupular hardware and platforms. All
submissions are anonymous."
The last part "Sending your profile will enable a monthly update" -- I
assume that means that if you send your profile *now* it will send an
updated version of it every month. Is that right? Can the user disable
I forgot to look, but we must make sure that the default choice is "do not
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