I was reading this set of articles about boot managers and loaders:
First thing I wonder, is with a standard installation of lubuntu, are we using grub2? I only have lubuntu on this disk so there is nothing to select, but I'd still like to see the menu, which I don't see at the moment (I tried fooling with /etc/default/grub and re-built grub but it didn't do anything). Maybe it flashes by before I can get the brightness turned up in the boot (yeah I have one of those screen brightness problems apparently common in ubuntu).
Second thing is that with a UEFI machine, apparently a boot manager is part of the firmware. And also according to those articles, every OS has a boot loader built right in. So with newer machines I wonder if I can dispense entirely with grub2 (something I'm not fond of anyway) and just use the combination of firmware boot manager and ubuntu boot loader? Anybody tried that?