On 11/03/2015 18:24, Kevin O'Connor wrote:
On Wed, Mar 11, 2015 at 05:42:18PM +0100, Paolo
I have no problem with changing the key; the
problem I have with ESC is
that I'm going to add F12 for network boot, and then I would like ESC+@
to trigger network boot. ESC for the boot menu would clash. With my
full patches, the default message would be like this:
Can you explain that "network boot" feature further?
It prioritizes NIC option ROMs over other options, trying all network
cards before falling back to HD, CD/DVD and non-NIC option ROMs.
It's a common feature on a real machine, to the point that the SMBIOS
tables have a special bit for "network boot can be done with F12". This
makes sense mostly for Coreboot, though some people requested it on
virtual machines as well.
I think the message should be
as succinct as possible - hit this key to stop the default boot -
otherwise the default boot is going to happen. I don't think we
should make that initial prompt any more complex. Once the user stops
the default boot (by hitting ESC, F12, whatever) then a more detailed
explanation and more detailed options can be provided.
What about this:
- for now, change the default key to "ESC" and the default message to
"Press ESC for boot menu".
- in my next round of patches, add "Press N for network boot" in the
- also in my next round of patches, support the F12 key for direct
network boot but keep it "secret". It's the same as real machines
anyway. Maybe support ESC+@ in addition to ESC+N too, but that seems
Everyone seems to want something slightly different
for the boot
splash, which is why there are so many fw_cfg/cbfs entries that allow
customization of it. I'm leery of adding more complexity to it,
because I fear that's going to lead to even more complexity as users
desire further customization.