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Alternatives to grub and lilo? was grub2 menu problems

On Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:54:22 +0600
Muntasim Ul Haque <tranjeeshan@inventati.org> wrote:

> When I press Enter then it boots into Windows 8 without any problem.
> So I don't have any big issue here except Windows 8 is detected as
> Windows Vista and that occurrence of error message. So what's the
> remedy?

Grub used to be good software. Predictable, non-surprising, one config
file you edited with an editor. Those days are gone.

Now, with grub 2, I need to be an expert on seven or so files that get
processed into one big one, which acts as the config. I don't mind
acquiring expertise for something important like LaTeX for writing
books or Python for making my computer do my bidding, but I don't want
to spend hours or days gaining expertise just for a program telling the
computer the kernel and initrd locations, and a few other things. With
gui, splash screens, frame-buffers, and all sorts of other gobblty-gook.

I considered going back to LILO, but it still has no understanding of
filesystems: It's easy to bork and hard to fix. Not as hard as Grub 2

Is there a simpler bootloader that works with Linux? I don't want GUI.
I don't want a framebuffer. I don't want a splash screen. And I don't
want to wade through seven files to turn those things off. Basically,
I'd like something like LILO that understands ext4.



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