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Live Grub UEFI boot menu

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Live Grub UEFI boot menu

#1 Post by anticapitalista » Sun Nov 15, 2015 7:12 am

I think the menu we see when booting live UEFI could be improved, but I'm not the person to do this. Others have a much sharper graphics eye.

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I guess it is the theme.txt and icons that need changing.
If possible, it would be great if it could look as much as possible like the theme when booting legacy live.
(ie blues, whites, grey and blacks)
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Re: Live Grub UEFI boot menu

#2 Post by Utopia » Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:03 am

If the first two lines were removed, the proportions should be a little bit more like the legacy. That is, the "Welcome to MX-15" and the "MX-15 UEFI Live Session GRUB2 menu". Are they necessary? Most of the information is in the first menu entry.
The word "UEFI:" could be added instead, just above the menu entries and aligned with the left side of them.
If the highlight was blue and the yellow lines were gray, I think it should pass as a good enough imitation of the legacy.
And the same font size, isn't it smaller in the UEFI?
Made a very simple mock-up to show what I mean, still using the small font.
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Re: Live Grub UEFI boot menu

#3 Post by kmathern » Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:27 am

The orange progress indicator for the timeout doesn't really match either.

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Re: Live Grub UEFI boot menu

#4 Post by dolphin_oracle » Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:38 am

the resolution of the legacy bootloader is 800x600 I think. The uefi bootloader is much higher. Can you set it lower and bring the text at the bottom of the uefi loadercloser to the menus?

and I suggest renaming the "Custom Boot" to something like "Boot with options (locales, persist, mount, etc...)

Is there a way to preview theme changes?
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Re: Live Grub UEFI boot menu

#5 Post by kmathern » Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:43 am

Personally I don't like for the legacy menu @800x600, the text is much too large on my 1600x900 display, I don't really want the UEFI menu to match that look.

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Re: Live Grub UEFI boot menu

#6 Post by richb » Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:48 am

kmathern wrote:Personally I don't like for the legacy menu @800x600, the text is much too large on my 1600x900 display, I don't really want the UEFI menu to match that look.
It should look pleasing on all displays. On my 1366 x 768 it is just about the right size. Compromises should be made.
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Re: Live Grub UEFI boot menu

#7 Post by dolphin_oracle » Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:56 am

kmathern wrote:Personally I don't like for the legacy menu @800x600, the text is much too large on my 1600x900 display, I don't really want the UEFI menu to match that look.
and that makes some sense as its a more modern machine that would have uefi anyway.

how about using the space with additional menu entries (since there are no F key options), like the loader from antiX 13 with the entries for persistence on the menu instead of in the F keys? I would think options for root persistence, root only, safe, and failsafe would be sufficient on machines that would be booting uefi.

and it looks like there is a provision for a scroll bar (maybe for screens that are too small?)
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Re: Live Grub UEFI boot menu

#8 Post by kmathern » Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:57 am

Turns out I misspoke, the legacy syslinux menu @800x600 isn't that bad (though the text is a little larger than I like).

It's the grub menu on a harddrive install on my machine that looks bad, if you don't set a resolution it autosets itself to a 640x480 resolution.

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Re: Live Grub UEFI boot menu

#9 Post by anticapitalista » Sun Nov 15, 2015 11:03 am

kmathern wrote:The orange progress indicator for the timeout doesn't really match either.
Yes, what about having it some shade of blue?
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Re: Live Grub UEFI boot menu

#10 Post by Utopia » Sun Nov 15, 2015 11:07 am

A difference between them can be seen in Virtualbox. The UEFI menu goes full screen, while the legacy remains small. Don't know why.
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