Multibooting with Grub2

Liam Proven lproven at
Wed Oct 27 01:37:47 UTC 2010

I am setting up a multiboot PC for testing. It has FreeBSD 8.1, Ubuntu
9.04, 10.10 and Debian 5, so far. I plan to add more.

The snag is the 'buntus and Debian all want to run Grub2, & Grub2 only
wants to go in the MBR. I don't want it in the MBR - it means that if
I am in 1 distro & get a kernel update, the Grub from the other distro
doesn't see it. Only 1 copy of Grub2 can be active at a time.

I want a bootloader in each OS's root partition and a separate 3rd
party one in the MBR. Currently I'm using XOSL in a tiny 32MB FreeDOS
partition, but it can't boot the Linuxes 'cos their Grub2s have gone.

Grub2 issues terrifying warnings if I try to install it to the
partition instead of the disk. Is this in fact safe?

Grub1 seems to be deprecated and missing in 10.10 and Debian "Lenny" -
the choices are Grub2 or LILO.

What's the best way to proceed?

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