There have several calls for help to the readers, but this post being one of them is targeting the entire Linux community. Every user who wants to install Linux on his computer starts at the scenario where he needs to boot from the CD or USB. This is something that has become natural to us, the Linux users. But it has the potential to make/break the experience for new users who want to try Linux. This is because an ordinary Windows or Mac user has never had the need to access the BIOS to set CD or USB as the boot device. Most likely Windows or Mac came pre-installed on his system.
Changing the boot device to CD or USB (Linux installation medium)
Well, now that we have identified a potential road blocker, let's try to fix it by helping new users change the boot device. For this we have created a google document which you can access here. In this document, we are putting together the keyboard keys that needs to be pressed to change the boot device.
Where you can help us
You can help us by adding your laptop/desktop's keyboard key required to change the boot device. This way, a new user does not need to scour the Internet to find it but rather can just look at this document. Another potential issue could be how we can try to make this document available to all new users. Well , we can start with sharing it with everyone we know. Secondly we can try to include it in manual, official linux distro websites etc.
Help us make this small contribution to Linux by helping new users!