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Tsurugi13
November 24th, 2008, 03:48 AM
A while ago I was forced to give up using Ubuntu when my computer died. :( I'd like to get back into it, as it seems most programming languages work best in UNIX. My biggest complaint with using it before was GRUB. I'd like to find a bootloader with a nice GUI or at least one that doesn't have defaults set, as I'll be using XP too, if only for compatibility reasons. I've looked around some but have been unable to find anything. Does anyone know where I can find something like this?

DGortze380
November 24th, 2008, 03:52 AM
http://gag.sourceforge.net/pics.html

Locutus_of_Borg
November 24th, 2008, 04:12 AM
why do you need graphics loaded prior to even entering an operating system?
and grub can be made to look pretty: link (http://blog.sckyzo.com/wp-content/grubgfxexemple.jpg)

Tsurugi13
November 24th, 2008, 04:15 AM
why do you need graphics loaded prior to even entering an operating system?
and grub can be made to look pretty: link (http://blog.sckyzo.com/wp-content/grubgfxexemple.jpg)

That's basically all I want to do :| Can GRUB also be set to NOT have a default boot OS? I'd rather just have to pick every time I boot it.

Locutus_of_Borg
November 24th, 2008, 04:21 AM
yes, grub will just show a list of OS's

you can choose their order, you can choose to set a timer to select one after # seconds, or to just wait indefinitely for your selection,

Everything is in grub.conf or menu.lst located in /boot/grub

handydan918
November 24th, 2008, 04:37 AM
yes, grub will just show a list of OS's

you can choose their order, you can choose to set a timer to select one after # seconds, or to just wait indefinitely for your selection,

Everything is in grub.conf or menu.lst located in /boot/grub

+1!
Like everything else in Linux, GRUB is nearly infinitely configurable.
And THAT is the strength, and weakness, of Linux.


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jimreynold2nd
November 24th, 2008, 04:46 AM
Look at my grub screenshot & config. And that's without GrUBfx.



default=saved
timeout=5
splashimage=(hd0,4)/grub/duyblack.xpm.gz
password --md5 --deleted, although it is hashed--

title Ubuntu 8.04.1 GNOME
root (hd0,7)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-21-generic root=/dev/sda8 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-21-generic
savedefault
quiet

title Ubuntu 8.10 KDE4
root (hd0,8)
# kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-7-generic root=/dev/sda9 ro quiet splash
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-7-generic root=/dev/sda9 ro vga=0x317
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-7-generic
savedefault
quiet

title XP SP3
root (hd0,1)
makeactive
chainloader +1
savedefault
quiet

title Vista SP1
root (hd0,0)
makeactive
chainloader +1
savedefault
quiet

title Mac OSX Leopard
root (hd0,2)
makeactive
chainloader +1
savedefault
quiet

title -------------------------------------------
root (hd0,4)
quiet

title Backtrack 3 (Live)
lock
root (hd0,5)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz vga=791 ramdisk_size=9999 root=/dev/ram0 rw chexpand=160 autoexec=xconf;kdm
initrd /boot/initrd.gz

title Helix 1.9 (Live)
lock
#configfile (hd0,6)/boot/grub/menu.lst
root (hd0,6)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz vga=791 ramdisk_size=100000 init=/etc/init lang=us apm=power-off nomce unionfs quiet
initrd /boot/miniroot.gz

title SysRescue CD (Live)
lock
root (hd0,4)
kernel /sysrcd/rescuecd
initrd /sysrcd/initram.igz

title Paragon Partition Manager 9
lock
root (hd0,4)
kernel /paragon/vmlinuzp vga=791 language=it_IT.UTF-8 medialable=PARAGON
initrd /paragon/initrd.gz

title -------------------------------------------
root (hd0,4)
quiet

title Boot from CD
lock
root (hd0,4)
kernel /cdmenu/memdisk.bin
initrd /cdmenu/sbootmgr.dsk

Tsurugi13
November 24th, 2008, 04:50 AM
That settles it then. I'm going to give it a go. Gonna back up first though, last time I wiped windows by mistake. :|