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Re: [PATCH] GRUB_GFXMODE_LINUX user variable

From: Robert Millan
Subject: Re: [PATCH] GRUB_GFXMODE_LINUX user variable
Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 15:05:57 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

On Sun, Mar 29, 2009 at 05:39:36PM +0900, Yoshinori K. Okuji wrote:
> On Sunday 29 March 2009 11:31:29 Robert Millan wrote:
> > This patch adds GRUB_GFXMODE_LINUX user variable to make it easy for
> > users to set graphical mode before booting Linux.
> Is this really Linux-specific? It look somehow coincidental to me that this 
> is 
> used only for Linux. If other operating systems, such as FreeBSD, support 
> that way of switching a video mode, I think you would want to reuse the same 
> variable.

Agreed.  Also, perhaps we should define an env variable like gfxmode, so that
loaders can switch mode themselves and "terminal_output gfxterm" doesn't have
to be used.

I like the terms "payload" and "loadee" because they don't imply what we're
loading is a kernel (Linux) or a standalone OS (invaders/memtest86).  How
about using "gfxmode_payload=WIDTHxHEIGHT[xDEPTH]" ?

Robert Millan

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