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  • Fedora 29 Might Hide The GRUB Boot Menu & It's Causing Lots Of Debate

    Phoronix: Fedora 29 Might Hide The GRUB Boot Menu & It's Causing Lots Of Debate

    A feature proposal for Fedora 29 would hide the GRUB boot menu by default on installations where Fedora is the only installed operating system. Surprisingly this has spun into a lot of discussion and debate over the matter...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...a-29-Hide-GRUB

  • #2
    There should be a compromise. Make the GRUB menu hidden, but should appear in case the system fails to boot, and be still easily toggleable via an option in the Control Center

    I have a question. Do the majority of users (including Windows users) know what a kernel is?
    Last edited by tildearrow; 01 June 2018, 12:30 PM.

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    • #3
      I would agree with hiding it in other distros, but Fedora? Considering that it updates the kernel every 2 seconds, and tends to break stuff (e.g. display drivers) in the process quite often, having a boot menu that allows you to boot the older kernel easily is a must.

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      • #4
        How about we keep it but have it not be so terribly ugly? A UI matching the login theme would sweeten the deal and keep users in control.

        A text-mode list of cryptic numbers is not the most welcoming way to start one's day. There's good support for graphic modes in UEFI, why not use it?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by eydee View Post
          I would agree with hiding it in other distros, but Fedora? Considering that it updates the kernel every 2 seconds, and tends to break stuff (e.g. display drivers) in the process quite often, having a boot menu that allows you to boot the older kernel easily is a must.
          The mailing list discussion talks about showing the boot menu if there are certain failures

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          • #6
            I reduce the timeout - but I do not want it hidden by default. Yet another thing I will have to go an change manually in addition to removing rhgb.

            A screen that says press ESC / F8 to display the grub2 menu is still going to increase boot time by a second or two so why not just keep it how it is? Fedora isn't Ubuntu and shouldn't strive to be. We don't need to obfuscate every little thing from users.

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            • #7
              Grub is ugly, ackward and old.

              On UEFI only systems Gummiboot/systemd-boot is much cleaner and straight to the point without extra BS.

              Even writing menu entries is static and doesnt need to be rebuilt every kernel update.

              Grub is the first thing people see when they come to Linux that makes Linux look complicated and confusing.

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              • #8
                I've always thought that Grub should be silent unless a key is pressed... And while you're at it, why not make that pressing 'ANY' key rather than arguing about whether F8 or F12 is easier to remember.

                Cue jokes about keyboards not having an ANY key.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ElectricPrism View Post
                  Grub is ugly, ackward and old.

                  On UEFI only systems Gummiboot/systemd-boot is much cleaner and straight to the point without extra BS.

                  Even writing menu entries is static and doesnt need to be rebuilt every kernel update.

                  Grub is the first thing people see when they come to Linux that makes Linux look complicated and confusing.
                  Yup. Sadly I still have one non-UEFI system that I must use Grub on.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ElectricPrism View Post
                    Grub is ugly, ackward and old.
                    These are all the arguments that make me want it
                    Anyone remembers LILO? That was even more fun.
                    "Boot experience" for me is all about how verbose and hackable the boot process it and nothing about pretty pictures and hiding valuable info.

                    Maybe I'm simply too old

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