Good idea. But then we should probably say Syslinux on the Syslinux menu. Maybe if the 'e' for edit instructions came back there would be less need to say it is Grub.
It was there. Honest. I don't know why it disappeared.I would also like to have the "use e to edit menu item" back into grub the way it is in Debian and other distros.
I'm not sure I know what you are referring to. "My" method would be to always have the Press 'e' instructions on the screen, at least in the main menu. I can't save the parameters if the users can't add them. Even without the saving bit, I think it is essential that users know how to add boot parameters in the live system. I don't think displaying "e for edit" is standard but I do think it is a good idea.I know your method looks pretty but its nice to have some standardization.
I agree but no one has volunteered to add this feature to grub2. The problem is that the function keys were implemented with a system called gfxboot which is tied heavily into BIOS calls. Those calls went away in UEFI so all bootloaders that support UEFI have dropped gfxboot and hence the handy function key menus and other gfxboot niceties. For each boot loader that does this, someone usually says they are going to port gfxboot over but once they see the enormity of the job, they drop it.The function keys would be nice to have back in, just in case I only wanted to change one things.
That already happens. What I don't show are the "default defaults", that is, what the system defaults to if nothing is selected. If you think about it, that would be very hard or impossible to do correctly since there is no way to know what is on the system so early in the boot process. If a menu is going to change something that was already set with a boot parameter then we let you know. I'm very pleased with this feature.If you must use the text menus, It would be nice to actually see what the defaults are.
Despite the obstacles that keep getting thrown into our path, we keep trying to make things as easy as possible for the users. With persistence, live-remaster, and snapshot we've tried to make it very easy for people to make their own custom live systems or "respins". But this means the early initrd really does not know what the default defaults are. IMO it is better to say nothing than to say something we don't know is right and we know will often be wrong.
Good point! Unless it does something useful on the live system I think that entry should not appear in the CC when running live. I (or someone else) will try to get this done for the next release.Also, I would either take grub menu editing out of the control center OR make it work for all cases.
Thank you for all of this useful feedback! Some of the things you want, we want too but can't be done now. We will try to make the changes that we can do.