Subject: Re: i386 bootselector changes
To: Frederick Bruckman <>
From: Bill Studenmund <>
List: current-users
Date: 10/23/2003 10:09:44
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On Thu, Oct 23, 2003 at 10:10:36AM -0500, Frederick Bruckman wrote:
> On Wed, 22 Oct 2003, Bill Studenmund wrote:
> > I've noticed this too. I think it was done to help support serial
> > consoles, where we might not easily know what key 'F1' is.
> >
> > However I'd really like the old behavior back. NetBSD has used F1-Fm for
> > YEARS, and F1-Fm are easier to find on the keyboard than 1-m. :-)
> 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.

No, it's not less confusing. It's REALLY REALLY irritating. While
factoring drive and os-on-drive into separate things is probaby good (and
does achieve the "less confusing" you note above), the way it was done=20
more than makes up for any improvement it might have been. Which is sad.

There's a BIG usability difference between F1-F4 and 1-4. I and a number=20
of other folks (I've asked around) find F1-F4 much easier to find on the=20
keyboard than 1-4. Especially since we've had years of training from the=20
older bootloader. :-)

So is there any objection to putting F1-F4 back to partition choosing and=
having 1-4 switch drives (swapping the current roles)? It would certainly=
remove my objection, and it would retain the drive/os split that Frederick=
mentioned above.

Take care,


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