Should we offer users the ability to choose whether the hardware clock is set to localtime or UTC in the Live bootloader? If the Live media is running on a Windows machine then the hardware clock should be set to localtime, otherwise, if the system is only running Linux then it should be set to UTC.
What should the default be? Maybe the default should be localtime to be compatible with Windows.
Looking at live use in a wider nomadic manner rather than being limited to the same one or two local machines. In such circumstances it is preferable for antiX to work harmoniously with Windows machines.
The hardware clock can be an obscure concept to a non technical user. The way it is described is important in order to enable the user to select the option that is appropriate to them.
Employing a pseudo "translation" technique is often useful (technical --> translator --> effect). The "translator" might be a question asked by a potential user. Something like What does this mean to me?
. It turns "this is what it is" into an outcome or result that has meaning to a non-technical reader. I find it is much more difficult to do than it looks.
If we want to give users the option to select UTC vs. localtime then where should it be located? In the "F4 Options" menu?
At the risk of sounding heretical, the forthcoming release presents an opportunity to bring even greater simplicity and coherence to the live boot screen. Each individual boot option might be moved into a single Options
The live boot screen is seen by three principal groups
- Those evaluating antiX for the first time
- Those conducting a conventional installation to disk
- Those choosing to use antiX in live mode
The following are unpolished ideas and wordings.
Reduce number live boot screen F-key menus to three only.
F1 F2 F3
Info/Help Boot Options Boot Profile
Note: F1 help refers to the choices on the main screen not the individual items within the Options
To evaluators clarity and ease of understanding are high priorities. Having potentially confusing, inapplicable options displayed on the main screen runs counter to this and is exacerbated by having some options on the main screen and some in a menu. A single location for all is more logical, it is the only location a user has to consider.
Those installing to disk are highly likely to have evaluated antiX. Deciding to install it implies they are confident it works as they want possibly by applying the appropriate boot options.
Live mode users will have previously evaluated antiX. It is highly likely that they will save their boot choices for their specific item of kit i.e. they have created a boot profile. Each time they boot it is this profile they want to automatically use, which means the other options remain unused. A saved profile is less useful used on an unknown item of kit, due to the greater risk of failure (true nomadic v one or two local machines).
The F3 profile might contain two entries:
- Boot using shipped default profile
- Boot using the profile I saved previously
When a profile has been created, it will be automatically selected. If selections were made in the Options
menu they will be automatically used in conjunction with the shipped default profile.