isolinux vs. grub for desktop cd?

Matt Zimmerman mdz at
Fri Sep 8 20:44:15 BST 2006

The only Ubuntu CD which used grub was the Warty live CD (not the install
CD), and it was abandoned after that because isolinux worked on many systems
where grub did not.  It appeared that grub's CD booting functionality was
less capable.

Of course, this has nothing to do with the capabilities of the CD.  The
desktop CD doesn't include a rescue mode at present, though the alternate CD

On Thu, Aug 24, 2006 at 03:38:30PM +0200, Martin Man wrote:
> Hi ud,
> [ sorry if this is the wrong list to post this question ]
> Where can I find some pointers wrt/ why isolinux is used as the 
> bootloader of choice for dapper desktop cd? Although some might argue it 
> gives you the right eye-candy, I believe it's substantialy less capable 
> than grub.
> I did try several times to boot dapper desktop cd in order to rescue 
> some of my systems, but I was never able to figure out how to do these 
> things with isolinux.
> whereas, if I remember correctly, breezy used to have grub?
> am I missing something?
> thanx,
> Martin
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 - mdz

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