[virt-tools-list] RFC: virt-manager: Manager UI rework

Cole Robinson crobinso at redhat.com
Tue Jul 28 03:02:31 UTC 2009

Cole Robinson wrote:
> Hi all,
> I've been reworking the main manager view in virt-manager. You can check
> out a screenshot here:
> http://fedorapeople.org/~crobinso/virt-manager/vmm-manager-1-overview.png
> The code can be cloned from here:
> http://fedorapeople.org/~crobinso/virt-manager/virt-manager.manager_ui
> I've changed the following pieces:
> - Lower button bar is now a toolbar at the top of the window. I think
> this is obvious: a toolbar at the top is much more in line with existing
> UI convention, and is more intuitive.
> - Dropped the 'View: Active/Inactive' combo box. I don't think anybody
> was using this option, and it was only taking up space.
> - Dropped all columns except Name, Status, and Stats. Columns like vcpus
> and memory progress bar really added no value. Most of these columns
> were for stats reporting which, while useful, would largely balloon the
> list (if enabled) to the point of uselessness. If we want good stats
> comparison, we should have an entire separate screen for this, which
> could provide many more comparison metrics.
> - Allow changing what the single graph column is measuring: cpu, disk,
> or network. This way users can still have an at a glance comparison of
> the metric of their choice. Screenshot:
> http://fedorapeople.org/~crobinso/virt-manager/vmm-manager-1-graphs.png
> - Removed options to hide/view columns. Since we only have 3 columns now
> and have trimmed all the fat, leave them on all the time.
> These are basically the functional changes: I should be posting some
> more changes soon to glitz this up (hopefully including prettier graph
> renderers).

This has been pushed now.


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