GRUB vs lilo
duncangareth at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Nov 30 21:37:04 UTC 2004
Having just installed ubuntu for the first time on a spare partition on
my notebook, I found that everything worked OK, except for one thing. My
existing boot loader (lilo) was overwritten by GRUB. I don't have any
strong opinions about GRUB, but I am happy with lilo and have been happy
with it for several years.
When I installed ubuntu, I went for the "expert" option, because I did
not want my existing win2k and Mandrake 10.1 partitions to be damaged.
When it came to the installation of the boot loader, I found that I
could not skip that part. Consequently, GRUB was installed on my MBR.
Happily, it picked up the M$oft and Mandrake partitions without a
problem, so I was able to boot Mandrake succesfully. (My live, working
It did ask me one question, however. It asked for the device name for
the filesystem (default being hd0). I was not sure what device name to
give it. The ubuntulinux partition happens to be /dev/hda7. Now, lilo
uses standard device naming conventions, but GRUB uses its own system,
starting with hd0 for the MBR. I was a bit nervous about giving it the
wrong value so I went for the default.
What I would have liked to do is integrate the existing lilo setup with
ubuntu. Instead, I found that it was zapped and now I don't have my cute
graphical fb-based Mandrake thematic bootup any more.
I found this whole thing a bit irritating.
Having said all that, I am quite impressed with Ubuntu Linux so far, but
I am not yet ready to make it my live system, not until I am convinced
that it will do everything I want it to do(which Mandrake does).
What I am about to do is boot off my Mandrake CD in "rescue" mode and
reinstall my lilo setup. After that I shall incorporate Ubuntu into that
My point, in this email, is that I don't think I should have to be doing
Another thing. Ubuntu never asked me for a root password, so after the
machine booted up and I logged in as an ordinary user, I found the menu
option for a root xterm window, and typed in "passwd" at the hash
prompt. I then assigned a root password. Then, by pressing Ctrl-Alt-F1,
I changed to tty1 and logged in as root in text mode. It seemed to work OK.
Why does Ubuntu not ask for a root password during installation?
Philani Kahle Nonke Nobuntu.
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