Subject: Re: i386 bootselector changes
To: William Allen Simpson <>
From: Frederick Bruckman <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/23/2003 11:46:41
On Thu, 23 Oct 2003, William Allen Simpson wrote:

> Frederick Bruckman wrote:
> >
> > F1-Fm switches to the other drives; 1-4 access the menu on the chosen
> > drive. It's more elegant (i.e. "less confusing") than the old system,
> > where the second drive looked like a partiton on the first drive.
> >
> To be honest, I don't think so....   It's always seemed better to me to
> eliminate artificial distinctions about drives and volumes, and make
> the entire system seem one seamless whole.  IMHO, more "unix-like".

It wasn't seamless -- you'd press "F5" to get disk 2, "F6" to get disk
3, or "F7" to get disk 4, then you'd get the menu for the bootblocks
on the other drive. Given that you can't have one menu for all
partitions, it's more logical to have separate keys for drive and
partition selection. When I first tried the new bootblocks with 3
drives, I didn't understand what was going on at all, but I figured it
out easily enough, and got used to it really quickly. Give it a try.