linux kernel - installation accessibility improvement

Eric Oyen eric.oyen at
Sat Jul 26 02:01:45 UTC 2014

the problem is that most of the laptops produced these days don't have a serial port. you can use a USB to serial converter to get the desired output, but that requires an additional driver and other support. SOme Operating systems generally won't support this on boot up (openBSD is an example of this). There are still some desktop units produced that have a serial port, but these are starting to become the exception and not the rule.

Hell, even my Braille sense U2 doesn't come equipped with a serial port. It has USB, memory stick, and VGA ports, and built in bluetooth, wi-fi and LAN. so, yeah, it seems that serial ports are on the way out.


On Jul 25, 2014, at 5:12 PM, Jude DaShiell wrote:

> If a boot: prompt times out and the device on which it timed out on was 
> presumed by the kernel to be the console; it would be helpful for braille 
> display users and those with another computer if the boot message and 
> boot: prompt could be sent out over a serial port by default and have an 
> attempt be made to take a response from that serial port as well.
> This if it could be done would be  analogous to how Apple designed Tiger 
> 10.4 and subsequent operating systems when those install.
> jude <jdashiel at>
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