Re: Grub 2 Basics
I was not giving up on grub2, just the OP.
I have grub2 on anything that has it in the repos and run grub1.98 on 9.10.
I find that renaming the file to 07_custom (and making sure that it is enabled to be executable) indeed putsit at the top of the menu with update-grub. This is the way it is on all my installs from PhatDebian (Lenny respin running on 2.6.30 so it can deal with ext4 OS' and read their files) to 9.04, 9.10 and 10.04A2. This spans grub1.96, grub1.97beta4, grub1.97 and grub1.98 (yes I have a lot of installs).
Grub2 is an improvement over grub-legacy. Os-prober is a problem but that is not the fault of the grub devs. It has never, in my experience, worked well with grub-legacy. It is improving. RPM base distros do not seem to get a good generated menu entry but they have improved to where they are easy to edit.
I find that a strictly custom menu, with symbolic menu entries are trouble free and better yet edit free as they boot the newest kernel on the partition.
The disabling of 30_os-prober is not really a problem as any new OS takes over the MBR and can easily be added to the custom menu of the other OS' through nautilus after copying an old one onto it and adding it to it.
I generally boot from one OS but on my most populated drive, my test drive, I bounce around from OS to OS to make sure they are working properly. It is easy to tell which I am using as boot/root because the background on the screen menu is the same as the xsplash/gdm or plymouth theme and my wallpaper for that install.
Menu backgrounds, as much as I really like grub-legacy, were more trouble than they were worth there plus a 12 color limit. In grub2 this is a breeze.
To some up, if you are nuts enough to multi-boot (I only have 12 OS' on my test platform) grub2 is a lot easier. If you have only 1 OS you don't even need to see the bugger. If you are silly and still dual booting with Win JerryLewis Pro (yes there is a little hostility here for MS) it is no problem unless you have a strange setup, in which case there is 40_custom.
Grub2 rox the box.
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