Disks

Introduction

It would be nice to have an end-user oriented application that can be used to view and modify storage details on local and removable devices.

Designers

Status

  • GNOME Disk Utility (née Palimpsest) and its underlying engine, udisks, is currently being rewritten

    • See the udisks2-port branch of gnome-disk-utility (link) and udisks master (link)

    • See David's fdo page for screenshots (updated frequently)

Objectives

Goals

  • View local and removable storage devices
  • View partitions and filesystems
  • Format disks and media
    • USB keys, card readers, flash media, disk drives
    • Support encryption to keep data private (e.g. LUKS or others)
  • Modify disk partition layouts
    • Create/delete filesystems and partitions
    • Edit filesystems and partitions (resize, change label)
  • Disk images
    • Create/restore disk images for disk/volumes
    • Access disk image files (including ISO files)
  • Edit system configuration
    • Activate specific devices at OS start-up (fstab/crypttab)
  • View hardware problems (SMART)

Non Goals

  • Advanced / enterprise storage management
    • LVM
    • RAID
  • Every use-case under the sun
    • It's perfectly fine to tell advanced users to use the command-line

Relevant Art

Mac OS X

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Windows

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GNOME 2

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GParted

See GParted Screenshots

Discussion

  • Name:the SSDs are becoming more popular and users are becoming interested in them, the name should be something more general to indicated that this is not just for disks, but also for SSDs (flash dongles and what have you...)

    • rename to Storage

  • Storage profiler: isn't the functionality from Baobab better at home here than Usage?

Tentative Design

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Comments

See Also

Design/Apps/Disks (last edited 2013-03-29 19:50:34 by WilliamJonMcCann)