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  • Version 1.98 Of GRUB2 Boot Loader Released

    Phoronix: Version 1.98 Of GRUB2 Boot Loader Released

    Last October there was the release of GRUB 1.97. This milestone in the path towards GRUB 2.0 delivered support for password protection, RAID 4/6/10, a high resolution timer, Cygwin compatibility, EXT4 file-system support, and the capability to load new kernels such as those for FreeBSD and NetBSD...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=ODA0MQ

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    GRUB

    Does anybody kown if its possible to use grub as the only boot manager in a mac? Its a waste of time enter on refit then on grub.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by bugmenot View Post
      Does anybody kown if its possible to use grub as the only boot manager in a mac? Its a waste of time enter on refit then on grub.
      Yes, you can: http://grub.enbug.org/TestingOnMacbook

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      • #4
        What does
        official widget-based menu support
        mean ??

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        • #5
          Originally posted by bugmenot View Post
          What does mean ??
          It could mean _anything_ because the documentation of grub2 sucks, you have to find out by experimentation what the options do. I switched to extlinux a couple of months ago because of that reason, and because you can't enable vesa hardware acceleartion with video=vesafb:ywrap,mtrr because they use the stupid gfxpayload notation and don't care about anything else.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by rostrocop View Post
            It could mean _anything_ because the documentation of grub2 sucks, you have to find out by experimentation what the options do. I switched to extlinux a couple of months ago because of that reason, and because you can't enable vesa hardware acceleartion with video=vesafb:ywrap,mtrr because they use the stupid gfxpayload notation and don't care about anything else.
            Is it bad that I still use Lilo?

            I mean I've never had any issues booting from Reiser4 ext4 or any fs I've ever tried

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            • #7
              LILO uses a static blocklist where the kernel+initrd is located. GRUB(2) access the filesystem to load it. Thats why you have to reinstall LILO everytime you update the kernel and for GRUB(2) you only update the config file.

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              • #8
                I'm also having troubles to boot into reiser4 with grub2... And grub2 is so damn slow.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by rostrocop View Post
                  It could mean _anything_ because the documentation of grub2 sucks, you have to find out by experimentation what the options do. I switched to extlinux a couple of months ago because of that reason, and because you can't enable vesa hardware acceleartion with video=vesafb:ywrap,mtrr because they use the stupid gfxpayload notation and don't care about anything else.
                  I can't wait for 3D support (maybe grub3)
                  LILO 22.8!

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                  • #10
                    With all those features, it must be huge.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by pejakm View Post
                      I'm also having troubles to boot into reiser4 with grub2... And grub2 is so damn slow.
                      I'm glad it's not just me. Grub2 is slow here too.

                      How did you configure yours? Mine (1.97) is configured to load a 37K font and a 65K background jpeg at 1280x720 from a small grub dedicated ext2 partition.

                      On my computer a 2.6.33 kernel tailored for my hardware initializes and launches sysvinit faster than grub2 can initialize and show its menu. A boot loader booting slower than a full blown kernel is crazy.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by StringCheesian View Post
                        I'm glad it's not just me. Grub2 is slow here too.

                        How did you configure yours? Mine (1.97) is configured to load a 37K font and a 65K background jpeg at 1280x720 from a small grub dedicated ext2 partition.

                        On my computer a 2.6.33 kernel tailored for my hardware initializes and launches sysvinit faster than grub2 can initialize and show its menu. A boot loader booting slower than a full blown kernel is crazy.
                        1.97.2 here. I've been using Grub2 with gfxmenu patches, but it was to damn slow, so I've installed original grub2. Still (to damn) slow, altough I'm using the plain default configuration (no fonts or images). Thinking of returning to good ol' grub.

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                        • #13
                          lilo - grub2 and ruby

                          Still on lilo since it's minimal and works on 64 bits native systems unlike grub 1.
                          Last time I checked grub2, it requiered me to install ruby then I did not install it.
                          Is this monstruous bloat and kludge still requiered in recent grub2?

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                          • #14
                            Hope Grub2 won't become bloatware. A boot manager has to be fast and useful and not have many useless options that are pure eyecandy.

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                            • #15
                              I still use Grub1...loads fast and boots an OS fast.

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