[ubuntu-uk] A GUI Grub editor?
aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Mon Feb 26 08:11:49 GMT 2007
My world is mostly populated by windows users who are interested in
moving to linux - computer fairs, talks to local groups, friends etc.
They have more than a healthy fear of change and usually can not cope
well with command line or even file editing, certainly not at first.
A recent contact has just tried kubuntu, successfully (just) getting
it installed onto a resized second HD, but wants to have the dual boot
default to be windows, because linux is being 'tested', and anyway,
the customer is always right.
In the past, when I was personally in that same status of wanting use
of a lot of dual booting, with changes of mind, it happens I was using
suse which has an excellent gui grub editor (and a pretty pretty boot
menu display too). I used it quite a lot, even when starting with
Kubuntu, to manage my grub needs even when kubuntu became my default,
with no windows on the machine. Suse being used to help kubuntu use. :-)
My recent contact just about coped with the partitioning and install.
I suspect some fatigue has occurred with him trying to find what can
or cannot be done in linux land. It seems most of his MS office macros
do not seem to work, for example. The culture change and his
expectations are all a bit much for him I think.
Unfortunately, even the simplest (to me) editing of grub menu.1st is
he says 'over my head', and I get the impression that the dual boot
default to (k)ubuntu and the apparent difficulty in changing this to
windows, has spooked this person into feeling even more loss of
control than he had in windows.
This is a negative situation at a stage of linux introduction which I
believe is not untypical. It is easy to forget what it felt like when
first trying linux after years of couch potato use of windows.
The 'in-windows' exe installer which is under development will
certainly help of course, in time.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I make the point that a gui grub editor
would have a strong value for that precious breed - newbies. Maybe
there is a gui grub editor easily available for (k)ubuntu, but it did
not appear in my searches.
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