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Re: GRUB for Debian in general?

On Sun, Jan 03, 1999 at 11:19:44AM -0800, Joel Klecker wrote:
> At 13:52 -0500 1999-01-03, Jacob H-A wrote:
> >It shouldn't be to hard to put the code that does the installation
> >into a separate program...
> It's been done, the Debian grub package in project/experimental has a 
> 'grubinst' program, which unfortunately doesn't work with grub 0.5.

I think when the grubinst programm works reliable, we can offer the GRUB as
a real alternative in the Debian installation progress (on the boot disks).
I say alternative, because it needs testing. The next step would be to
replace LILO as the default boot loader, and make that the alternative to
default GRUB.

Because this affects directly the core Debian installation, this is
something which will not be done lightly. OTOH, if LILO can't boot the Hurd,
there are good chances that GRUB will replace LILO in the long run
(especially because it has a MUCH nicer user interface, I would really like
to have it the default).

However, GRUB needs to be ported to the other ports, too. Is there a GRUB
version for alpha, sparc, m68k etc?

I think the GRUB maintainer should take this issue to debian-devel when
grubinst is ready for wider testing.


PS: Maybe we need to change the partition naming in GRUB, or offer
alternatives, otherwise it is too confusing. Well, if we wrap around it in
grubinst, that's okay I think.

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