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Re: my thoughts about grub 2

From: Lennart Sorensen
Subject: Re: my thoughts about grub 2
Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2010 15:22:18 -0400
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 11:54:07AM -0700, Seth Goldberg wrote:
>  I agree with you -- using GRUB2 in a multi-OS configuration is 
> inherently problematic due to the split-brain phenomenon, but if you're 
> managing 3 OSes, we expect you to be smart enough to work around the 
> problem yourself.  Keep in mind that a multi-UNIX environment is not the 
> target use case for GRUB2 -- it's one distro that manages the GRUB2 
> configuration.  It would be a nightmare to try to support three UNIXes, 
> each with potentially different versions of GRUB2, each trying to own the 
> menu.
>  I know GRUB2 isn't the easiest thing to work with, but it's far more 
> flexible than Legacy GRUB was.
>  Also, no one's forcing you to use the autogenerated configuration file.  
> You can disable that and manually manage your menus, but in doing that 
> you need to understand that you're cutting out one of the more useful 
> features.

There is certainly nothing wrong with each linux installation having it's
own grub2 install on it's bootable partition, and letting something else
be the boot manager that picks which to boot.  Each one can manage the
grub2 config for its kernel, and leave the decision of which partition
to boot to someone else.

Len Sorensen

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