[ubuntu-uk] Precise - some thoughts .....
sarah at streetentertainers.co.uk
Tue May 8 09:25:59 UTC 2012
On Mon, 2012-05-07 at 09:08 +0100, Barry Drake wrote:
> On 06/05/12 23:16, Tony Pursell wrote:
> > All the computers I use now have an option to show a boot menu.
> > Usually something like Esc or F12. Sometimes this shown as an option
> > when the computer is starting up, sometimes not. My desktop tells me
> > it is Esc, my two EEEPCs don't tell me, but it is still Esc. So I
> > don't need to go into the BIOS to change the boot sequence. Maybe
> > your chap can find a boot menu option and you can avoid any mention of
> > the BIOS.
> This particular guy says it is an older computer. I have no information
> from him about hardware. The thing is, Windows folk who don't know
> anything about bios settings or boot menus haven't a clue how to find
> out - most Dell computers kindly show the options briefly on the boot
> flash screen, but a lot deliberately don't do. It would be far easier
> if mobo manufacturers adopted some sort of standard.
> Regards, Barry.
> Barry Drake is a member of the the Ubuntu Advertising team.
My experience working with teachers and running parents evening as part
of our Tuxedu project is that this is the main stumbling block to
getting people too use any Linux system - ordinary users want their
system to run - they don't want to have to think about Bios or boot
As a group working on our project we looked for ways to tackle this as
it's a major problem- (we are running Tuxedu on USB's)- but one we have
to overcome if the project is to be successful in the long term.
At the moment we are compiling a database so we can create an android
app to help people - they can put in their make and model of pc/laptop
and it will tell them how to get into the boot menu - we feel this will
be useful not only to our project but also the wider community -
If you want to help go to
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