[coreboot] FILO 1.0 vision

Joseph Smith joe at settoplinux.org
Mon Sep 15 23:30:45 CEST 2008

On Mon, 15 Sep 2008 16:03:39 -0500, Alex Mauer <hawke at hawkesnest.net>
> Joseph Smith wrote:
>> On Sat, 13 Sep 2008 10:55:55 -0400, Joseph Smith <joe at settoplinux.org>
>> wrote:
>>> Attached is a little ditty of my vision for FILO 1.0.
>>> Feedback is welcome.
>> I haven't gotten any feedback on this yet, what does everyone think?
> In general, I like it.
> Comments:
> Numbered prompts.  A curses-style menu might look nicer, if it's
> practical.
> Manual boot vs. commandline.  First, I thank a manual boot should drop
> out of the curses-type interface into a more normal command prompt.
> (what we now call the grub-style interface).  Second, those functions
> are basically the same, so no need to separate them.  Just have the
> default "manual boot" value be the configured commandline value.
> Location of filo.conf.  If it turns out to be impractical to store the
> full filo.conf location in flash or CMOS, having a hardcoded path with
> selectable drive would be good alternative. (and storing just the drive
> in NVRAM would certainly be reasonable.)
> New automatic boot interface: It should prompt for a specific keystroke
> to interrupt the autoboot, not just say "you have 5 seconds".  Delete
> would be a good option, for consistency with vendor BIOSes.
> Settings menu: It might be good to take a page from the BIOS vendors
> here, and have curses-style settings.  e.g. up/down to select; space,
> left/right, text entry to change a setting; display a text description
> of the currently-selected option near the bottom of the screen.  Boot
> method: Manual [configured commandline], Menu [configured filo.conf
> location], Boot timeout [number]
> filo.conf boot: I especially think it would be better to stick with the
> grub-style menu here
Thanks for the feedback Alex, I will take these into consideration once the
code writing fun begins :-)
Joseph Smith

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