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Re: Tweaking the initial boot menu (isolinux)


Steve McIntyre <steve@einval.com> (2018-07-26):
> Discussing with highvoltage earlier in the week, we thought it would
> be helpful if the isolinux boot menu that d-i starts with was more
> explicit about being BIOS mode. The Grub equivalent for UEFI boot
> already explicitly mentions UEFI. So, I'm looking at the following
> change:
> diff --git a/build/boot/x86/menu.cfg b/build/boot/x86/menu.cfg
> index 2e270f306..207934e8c 100644
> --- a/build/boot/x86/menu.cfg
> +++ b/build/boot/x86/menu.cfg
> @@ -1,7 +1,7 @@
> -menu hshift 7
> -menu width 61
> +menu hshift 4
> +menu width 70
> -menu title ${BEEP}Debian GNU/Linux installer boot menu
> +menu title ${BEEP}Debian GNU/Linux installer menu (BIOS mode)
>  include ${SYSDIR}stdmenu.cfg
>  include ${SYSDIR}gtk.cfg
>  include ${SYSDIR}txt.cfg
> I've had to change the sizing and positioning of the boot menu to make
> things fit. Before I commit the above, I just want to see if anybody
> objects! (Worried I may be breaking accessibility or automatic testing
> things that care about the specific layout/text of the boot menu.)

Thanks for the check (and the cc), much appreciated!

Yes, my automated tests will need to receive an extra alternative for
the boot screen, but that's really no big deal.

Regarding accessibility, the one thing that must work is:
  s <enter>

(This starts speech synthesis.)

I think other shortcuts were added over the last few years, but tweaking
menu margin, width, or label shouldn't affect them in any way?

Looping in debian-accessibility@ for extra feedback.

Cyril Brulebois (kibi@debian.org)            <https://debamax.com/>
D-I release manager -- Release team member -- Freelance Consultant

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