From experiencing the situation first hand. It would be awesome if when, or before, the kodi screen pops up we could press/hold F4 or something to go into console mode.
I have new hardware that the current versions were not supporting the NIC. As such I couldn't SSH into the system to install the drivers.
If there was a way to bring up a console locally that would allow us to do some under the hood work in these kinds of situations.
If there already is a way to do something like above please correct me.