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Summary

KDE lacks a good partition manager. Using Python, Pyparted and KDE3/KDE4 bindings, a decent partition manager could be created in a reasonable time frame.

Release Note

The end user should notice a new systemsettings module with a simple drag-based tool for partition management. It should be under Advanced so the tool won't disturb him at all if not necessary.

Rationale

KDE lacks an easy-to-use partition manager. QtParted is unmaintained and old. Although a partition manager is not aimed at the common user, the gap in Kubuntu (compared with Ubuntu) is noticed by many sysadmins and power users. A partition manager makes Kubuntu live CD rescuing easier.

Use Cases

Assumptions

Design

Most small open-source applications in the past have been designed only with the target task in mind, ignoring code reuse, documentation and the UI/backend logic separation. The Kubuntu partition manager has to fulfill the following conditions:

Implementation

Python should be used in order to maximize the production speed. Libparted will be used as it is the partition editing library of choice in a GNU operating system. Red Hat developers already created a Parted bindings for Python, which are called Pyparted. They should be packaged for Ubuntu.

Both KDE3 and KDE4 frontends should be created concurrently. They should share as much code as possible.

As with other applications (restricted-manager, kde-guidance) there will be a standalone executable version and a systemsettings module.

The code should be abstract enough to make a GTK version a possibility.

UI Changes

Code Changes

Migration

Test/Demo Plan

Outstanding Issues

BoF agenda and discussion


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KubuntuPartitionManager (last edited 2008-08-06 16:31:23 by localhost)