View Full Version : [ubuntu] Gnome Idea For Rebooting With a Dual-Boot System

June 13th, 2009, 02:56 AM
Hey, here's an idea:

What if when you went to the restart option in Gnome, it looked at grub's menu.lst and asked you which OS you wanted to boot back into? Perhaps it could put a flag or something on grub or the bios (I don't really know how grub/boot menus work). This would make it so you don't have to stare attentively at the screen if you want to reboot into another OS waiting for the menu to show up so that you can quickly press the down arrow to select it before it automatically boots into the default OS. Maybe instead you could grab a coffee.

June 13th, 2009, 04:20 AM
That would be very cool.

June 13th, 2009, 05:17 AM
Already done. It's called "grub-choose-default". Available in Ubuntu universe repository. Web page:

June 13th, 2009, 05:31 AM
Don't forget if you are having issues with not enough time to select option in grub menu you can change the timeout value in "boot/grub/menu.lst"
sudo gedit boot/grub/menu.lst

Scroll down to the section labeled "## timeout sec" and change the integer value to desired timeout in seconds. Save and reboot.

June 16th, 2009, 06:33 AM
Perhaps grub-choose-default could be implemented into the shutdown menu in Gnome/Ubuntu.