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Re: [PATCH 2/4] Accept Both ESC and F8 as user interrupt keys

From: Lennart Sorensen
Subject: Re: [PATCH 2/4] Accept Both ESC and F8 as user interrupt keys
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2018 10:56:31 -0400
User-agent: NeoMutt/20170113 (1.7.2)

On Wed, Mar 28, 2018 at 04:50:26PM +0200, Hans de Goede wrote:
> On most Bay Trail, Cherry Trail and Apollo Lake devices the ESC key is
> the hotkey to enter the BIOS/EFI setup screen.
> This makes it hard for the user to show the grub-menu when it is hidden
> and a short timeout is used, because pressing ESC too early leads to the
> user entering the BIOS/EFI setup screen.
> F8 is (almost?) always free (on X86/PC platforms) as Windows uses this for
> its boot menu, so also accept F8 as interrupt/show-menu key. As an added
> advantage this is also more discoverable / easier for users coming from
> Windows.

I have seen F8 and F12 used as boot menu keys on many systems.  I would
not consider it usually free.  Maybe it has become less common after
windows started using it, but it isn't that unusual.  ASUS seems to be
a major user of F8 for boot menu.  Not exactly an uncommon system board.
Some Lenovo desktops also use F8 for the boot menu.

Len Sorensen

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