isolinux vs. grub for liveCD/install disk

Colin Watson cjwatson at
Mon Sep 11 11:14:10 BST 2006

On Fri, Sep 08, 2006 at 03:19:34AM +0530, Ram Yalamanchili wrote:
> I been trying to find pros/cons on using isolinux or grub to make bootable
> images for liveCDs or install disks and I haven't found any good comparision
> info on this. I see ubuntu is going with isolinux and was wondering if
> anyone understands why this decision was made.

We tried using grub for the Warty live CD, and found empirically that
there were a number of reports of machines failing to boot from CD with
grub that worked perfectly with isolinux, but no such reports the other
way round. Thus, we're sticking with the apparently more reliable


Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at]

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