Re: Fedora GRUB2 boot menu, from design perspective
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Perhaps we can put some additional solution ideas forward.
As a quasi-novice kernel user I always found it helpful to have the kernel versions visible. When I update Fedora and the nvidia blob causes X to fail, I like being able to choose older versions because I can't do anything else. When a pre-upgrade ends up with a non-working version, I like to be able to run an older version to stay productive while I research the problem.
I'm not an expert user but I don't think I'm novice either. I don't see why we need to hide the older versions behind another menu, just perhaps make it more clear that the old versions are still functional but are not the latest on the machine.
Novice users have the "out" of saying "I don't know what this all means but I know I want to launch the most current version". And if they're dropped back here after a failure or two trying the current version they can try the older versions.
This all assumes that we're limited to the current console-style menu. If we can use HTML/CSS or some other layout and styling we can make this info much more parse-able with styling and different font sizes/layout. If we can do more than just console can someone send a screenshot of what we can do, and maybe we can mock something up?
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Happy to hear thoughts on this approach.
On 06/20/2012 02:00 AM, Martin Sourada wrote:On Wed, 20 Jun 2012 00:40:38 -0700 Dan Mashal wrote:Again, I go with a "If it aint broke don't fix it" mentality into things. In my daily life I'm a sysadmin. Figuring out how to do something on RHEL 5 vs RHEL 6 vs CentOS 5 vs CentOS 6 vs Fedora 13 Fedora 14 Fedora 15 Fedora 16 Fedora 17 Fedora 18 and what's different between each and every single one is annoying in every day life at work.Yeah, it is annoying, but rejecting a change *only* because it is change isn't a strong argument. With such reasoning there wouldn't be PCs in the first place (and btw. steam engine also works, doesn't it, yet trains are now using diesel, if they are not using electricity)... Still I think the changes between Fedora/Red Hat releases are small compared to differences between Fedora/Debian/(Open)Suse or between various M$ operating systems... So either deal with it or decrease the number of concurrently "supported" releases to sane number. You know, people who use Fedora (especially those that contribute) often multi-boot and, frankly, menu like the following one (the kernel versions are semi-random picks of sane numbers out of my head) isn't exactly helpful: * Fedora (kernel-3.6.0-1.fc17) * Fedora (kernel-3.5.7-46.fc17) * Fedora (kernel-3.5.7-42.fc17) * Fedora (kernel-3.6.0-1.fc16) * Fedora (kernel-3.5.7-46.fc16) * Fedora (kernel-3.5.7-42.fc16) * CentOS (kernel-184.108.40.206-35.el5) * CentOS (kernel-220.127.116.11-30.el5) * CentOS (kernel-18.104.22.168-21.el5) * Microsoft Windows * Memtest IMHO it is broken and always was (at the very least it always annoyed the hell out of me that fedora release number wasn't present). But still, currently it is more broken, because grub2-mkconfig writes sub-menued items, while kernel rpm updates grub2 still using the above method, which leads to combination of sub-menus and non-sub-menued items... Cheers, Martin _______________________________________________ design-team mailing list design-team@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx https://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/design-team
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