Show partitions as a list
Submitted by Allan Day
Created attachment 287471 mockup
This is a design idea that I've had floating around for quite a long time. I thought I might as well post it here to see what people think.
The current partition table UI is problematic for a number of reasons:
It doesn't scale well - it's hard to fit in lots of partitions comfortably, and long partition names don't fit.
The use of the background to indicate remaining space is unclear. It is only shown for the selected partition.
It is unclear that you have to select a partition to access information and options for it.
It uses an attached toolbar, which I'm not very fond of in general. There are intelligibility issues with the use of icons there.
My feeling is that a list is a better option than a table. A list can scale easily, nested partitions can be simply shown, and there's no need to struggle with complex custom drawing.
I've attached a rough mockup to give you an idea.