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SubjectRe: Bootscreen [had to throw in 2 cents worth, sorry]
On Wed, 2003-01-29 10:31:00 -0500, Rob Wilkens <>
wrote in message <>:
> On Wed, 2003-01-29 at 09:46, Denis Vlasenko wrote:
> > Yeah, dude, let's dumb down our users... don't allow them
> > to become curious and start learning.
> As I recall, the way Windows 95/98/ME operated with the bootscreen (and
> this might be wise for Linux as well) is to display a bootscreen, but
> have it disappear if someone taps the escape key and returned to the
> console where they CAN OPTIONALLY read the messages if their heart
> desires. In Windows 2000/XP, this is no longer, sadly, how it works,
> but there still was (I believe) a mode in that OS where it displays all
> the boot messages (/SOS option or similar).

Well, what do you do (think 2.5.x) when you don't have keyboard drivers
compiled in? I currently do use them as loaded modules, *if* at all I do
need them. Most of the time, my alphas only have two (or three) cables
plugged in: power, network and possibly serial console... If there's a
monitor, it's wired to a monitor switch (so you can see the messages,
but basically, since there's no keyboard support loaded, it's useless),
but it won't be used. Serial console is my way to go...


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