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Something thats been bugging me for a while now... when booting from the server or alternative install CD, there are some choices tied to function keys (F4, F6, etc.) along the bottom of the screen. Some are relatively obvious, others... not so much so, or least it'd sure be nice to be able to read a description of what the intended usage is before committing to an install process only to find that I should have left well enough alone ;)

I can't seem to find a description of these options in the official documentation... anyone know where it might be squirreled away, or who I could get ahold of to find out?

TIA,

Monte

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The boot options for the desktop CD are documented (incompletely) at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootOptions; there doesn't seem to be a page for the server CD, but many options are the same.

Don't worry too much about these options: for the most part, you're not expected to understand them. Apart from the obvious ones like choosing a different keyboard layout or choosing between doing an installation, a rescue or a memory test, most options are intended for poorly-supported hardware or highly unusual requirements. If an option isn't listed on that BootOptions page, the expected workflow is to try booting, find that it doesn't work, enlist the help of Google or a guru to diagnose the problem, and learn that the problem can be worked around by adding the more_magic=xyzzy option.

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Thanks, I should have known to check the Community Docs first. Looks like the page needs updated a bit to include stuff other than just the LiveCD options. The F4 Mode options look nothing at all like graphics mode options, more like canned install options - I'd love to know what all they entail and the pros/cons of each. –  memilanuk Sep 17 '10 at 23:12
  • F1: It is obvious: It shows some help.
  • F2: Here you can enter your native language. Usually all further menus use this language setting.
  • F3: If you use some different keyboard setting (qwertz, qwerty, Neo etc.) you can enter this here.
  • F4: has some settings regarding your graphics. If this standard settings don't apply you can select some low resolution here or some option which applies more.
  • F5: Accesibility says it all.
  • F6: The official help site has a description of all boot parameters. You can use it, if want to fine tune the Linux kernel.
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Mmmm... I'm looking at the screen right now in Virtualbox running on my Macbook... F4 says 'Normal', 'OEM Install (for manufacturers)', 'Install minimal system', 'Install minimal virtual machine'. F6 looks like boot parameters, except the first option 'Expert Mode' and the last option 'Free Software Only'... –  memilanuk Sep 17 '10 at 23:06

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