[PC-BSD Dev] New installer update

Fabrizio Parrella fabrizio at bibivu.com
Thu Oct 23 05:11:27 PDT 2008

I like it.. but how about trying to create something NEW?

this reminds me winXp installation with the blue left bar...

maybe something with a top bar (I know also that one has already been 

I am not a designer, but what I think that would be nice would be something 

Display the text as a simple top menu (maybe with colors and similar), if 
the text is more than XX chars, shows only XX chars plus a "...".  When 
passing the mouse over, they will expand to show the whole text if that is 
When the installation is on a selected part of the menu, that item will 
display the whole text (maybe with a cool expand/contract effect), will 
change the colors, maybe from a light gray text to a dark bold black, and 
maybe the background from a bark blue to a light blue and giving an effect 
of raise from the other choices.  if the item selected has  other possible 
"subitems", they can be displayed as a dropdown, or as a second bar under 
the first one that will differ only in colors and formatting from the first 

This I think that it will give us more space in the center of the page for 
some installation HELP that will explain the different installations, why 
and how to set up an user, etc....

on the "installation progress", I would remove the menu showing only 
"installing PC-BSD", maybe ending with "..." that area animated from 1 dot 
to 3 dot and back to 1

other than that, I like the body of the page and the colors of it.

just my 2 eurocents :-D


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kris Moore" <kris at pcbsd.com>
To: "Ken Kasina" <kenkasina at gmail.com>
Cc: <dev at lists.pcbsd.org>
Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 10:36 AM
Subject: Re: [PC-BSD Dev] New installer update

> Ken Kasina wrote:
>> Hi guys,
>> This are screenshots of the final proposed installer design. I am still
>> working on the code and hope to be done in time for PC-BSD 7.1 release if
>> not then we can settle for release 7.2. I hope you all find it ok.
>> Regards,
>> Ken Kasina
> Very nice looking! I think it looks a worldLOT better than my old
> design. Will we be able to have it automatically resize widgets when
> different translations are applied? That was one downside the older
> installer, everthing was designed with 1024x768 in mind, and sometimes
> when you selected a different language which uses longer text for
> labels, it would get cut off.
> Right now I'm thinking that 7.1 will include KDE 4.2, which is released
> at the end of Janurary, so that should give you several months to get
> this working to a point where we can start testing with it. Will that be
> enough time you think?
> -- 
> Kris Moore
> PC-BSD Software
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