Problem with Grub being installed in MBR as default (GG)
onno at itmaze.com.au
Tue Apr 8 00:39:30 BST 2008
On 08/04/08 04:39, Nigel Henry wrote:
> I'm just installing another instance of Gutsy Gibbon on one of my drives, and
> as you say the "Advanced" button is there on the confirmation page you
> mention above, but can easily be missed, as I did on my first install of
> Gutsy Gibbon, and ended up with Gutsy Gibbons Grub overwriting my FC2 Grub
> that was in the MBR, with chainloaders to other distros on the drive.
> Yes. Gutsy Gibbons Grub had all the kernels listed for FC2, Debian Etch, and
> Debian Lenny, but as the the kernels for Debian Etch, and Lenny are the same,
> it would be a bit hit and miss as to which Debian version I would be booting.
> Personally I think it would be better to have a separate page for the
> bootloader, as on other distros, and where you have choices presented to you
> as to where you want to install the bootloader. In most cases the default of
> installing to the MBR would be ok if you were a first time user of the
> distro, but for those of us that have dual/triple installs on the drive,
> options as to where you want to install the bootloader, I'm sure would be
Words fail me.
Personally I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the developers who
wrote software that was able to detect kernels across at least 4
operating systems, (Etch, Lenny, FC2 and two instances of Gutsy).
As for the suggestion; adding 30 seconds of effort to 99.9% of
installations for the "benefit" of 0.1% of the users seems a step
backward, both for Ubuntu and society as a whole.
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