Fedora change: reduce initial setup redundancy

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Hi Anaconda devs,

Tomorrow is the system-wide change proposal deadline for F27. I've prepared a draft change page for reducing initial setup redundancy in Fedora Workstation. We discussed this a few years ago, and you all implemented your side of the story already (the user interaction config file), but us Workstation folks dropped the ball and left it unused. Anyway, the proposal:


Ideally I would have prepared this earlier and run it by you *before* submitting it... so sorry for the very short notice and for delaying way too long. The Workstation WG has approved the general idea of reducing redundancy between gnome-initial-setup and Anaconda, but has not reviewed this proposal yet either, because I just typed it up an hour ago, so at this point it's just me brainstorming. Everything is subject to change and approval and your feedback and nothing is set in stone.

We are (OK, I am) basically planning to hide a bunch of Anaconda spokes (timezone?, networking, user account creation, root password) using the user interaction config file. And then hide some gnome-initial-setup panels (language, keyboard layout, timezone?) using a new g-i-s configuration file. Of course, only when running in Workstation: this would not affect other Fedora products that don't have gnome-initial-setup. (And the networking panel would be needed for netinstall anyway. This proposal is mainly focused on live installs.)

Technically, we *could* do this without any further changes in Anaconda, but it turns out that the installation progress screen looks pretty odd with both the account creation and root password spokes removed. So some design changes for this page when no spokes are present would certainly be desirable.

So we'd appreciate your feedback on this proposal. Sorry again for the late notice. We can edit or delay it at any time, of course.



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