Fedora Workstation 39 May Introduce Anaconda Web UI Installer
The Fedora Project’s Anaconda team has been diligently developing a new web-based installer called Anaconda WebUI, which aims to provide a significantly improved and polished installation process for desktop users. This change proposal suggests including the Anaconda WebUI as the default installer in Fedora Workstation 39.
Although the Anaconda WebUI installer is not yet fully featured, the Fedora Project has decided to initially implement it exclusively in Fedora Workstation, the flagship edition featuring the GNOME desktop environment. This strategic move allows them to gather valuable user feedback, which will help further improve the installation experience.
The new web-based installer, which uses the React and Cockpit frameworks, completely revamps the user experience while retaining the same degree of reliability and usefulness as its forerunner. The Fedora Project aims to cater to new Fedora Linux users without previous experience with the Linux operating system.
The Anaconda WebUI installer introduces a wizard-based installation experience, starting with a welcome screen that facilitates language selection, timezone and date configuration, disk selection, guided partitioning, configuration review, installation progress tracking, and built-in help.
Although the Fedora Project plans to incorporate additional features based on user feedback, the current UI significantly simplifies the complexities of the old GTK installer. However, it is worth noting that the Anaconda WebUI installer does not support remote connections at this stage and will not be available for the rest of the Fedora Linux 39 spins.
Fedora Linux 39 is scheduled for release in October 2023, with a beta version available for public testing in mid-September. Linux system administrators and enthusiasts will have the opportunity to explore the new web-based installer firsthand during this testing phase.
As the Fedora Project strives to provide a more intuitive and streamlined installation process. Linux system administrators and users can look forward to an enhanced experience with Fedora Workstation 39.
The sources for this article include a story from 9to5Linux.