live CD boot process

Jonathan Riddell jriddell at
Mon Jul 19 10:03:05 BST 2010

Ubuntu Desktop CDs from Lucid don't offer a CD boot menu but instead
boot into X then show a dialogue (using Ubiquity) which lets you set
the language and asks if you want to boot into a desktop or just run
the installer.  This has accessibility problems so the CD boot menu
displays a not very meaningful icon and if you press any key you get
back to your traditional CD boot menu.

Kubuntu didn't follow the above process for Lucid although our
Ubiquity frontend does have the code for it.  The trouble with not
following Ubuntu Desktop is that user support becomes more
problematic, someone used to installing Ubuntu Desktop could have
problems guiding someone through the Kubuntu install process over IRC
or the like if the processes differ.

I spoke with Celeste about this at Akademy and she came up with a
compromise idea.  Keep the CD boot menu but change "Try kubuntu
without installing" and "Install kubuntu" to..

"Start Kubuntu" with a space below that to show that the other options
(testing CD and memory) are of secondary importance.  No language
selection needed at the CD boot menu, it is now obvious what to do
even if you don't read English you can understand "Kubuntu".
"Start Kubuntu" leads to ubiquity dialogue offering to install or to
start live session and select language.

This keeps us close to the Ubuntu Desktop process without taking away
useful options.

Also the black text should be changed to grey to fit in with the blue
background colour.

Any thoughts on that?


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