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    Favourite bootloader
    Submitted by DanielS on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 – 02:03
    46% (1083 votes)
    47% (1092 votes)
    1% (35 votes)
    0% (10 votes)
    Something else/I don’t care
    5% (114 votes)

    Total votes: 2334

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    Subject: LILO vs. GRUB
    Author: Roswell
    Date: Monday, 2004/04/26 – 15:43
    My problem is that I’m new to linux. I’ve had problems with GRUB becaause when I delete my linux partitions I can’t boot the machine with out ‘fdisk /mbr’. In LILO I don’t have that problem because LILO isn’t dependant on information on the linux partitions. I could be way off as, like I said, I’m new to linux. But that has been my experience.
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    Subject: XOSL
    Author: grolschie
    Date: Thursday, 2003/11/20 – 20:11
    I have used both grub and Lilo. Now I just use lilo installed in the MBR, then install XOSL on my FAT32 active partition and get it to load the old MBR to load Debian GNU/Linux, or choose another OS (eg Windows) to boot.
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    Subject: Exposure to multiple choices?
    Author: daaave
    Date: Thursday, 2003/11/13 – 21:26
    I’m just curious…I wonder how many of the people who picked LILO picked it because it’s the default for most of the distributions and they’ve never used any of the other ones…

    daaave <daaave@undernet.org>

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    Subject: GRUB is grand
    Author: forming134
    Date: Tuesday, 2003/11/18 – 00:22
    I agree. I used LILO exclusively for the first 4 or so years of using linux. It may just work most of the time… Anyway, I was bored one day and having heard people say how great GRUB is on IRC and such I decided to give it a shot. It took a little bit of tinkering, but I have never looked back since! If anyone has ever thought about giving grub a try, do it, seriously. It is like when I found mutt for an email client and most for a pager.
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    Subject: Re: Exposure to multiple choices?
    Author: fluffnik
    Date: Friday, 2003/11/14 – 21:57
    I have years of experience with LILO and for everything (x86) I’ve wanted to do it JustWorks™.
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    Subject: Re: Exposure to multiple choices?
    Author: nyu
    Date: Friday, 2003/11/14 – 10:36
    You’re right in your point, but on LILO being default, this is changing..

    Last time I had a chance to see it, GRUB is the default in major distributions like Red Hat and Mandrake. As for Debian, we’ll have to
    discuss at some point wether GRUB doesn’t outperfom enough LILO to replace it as the default option.

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    Subject: easyboot
    Author: kadmos
    Date: Friday, 2003/10/24 – 09:02
    I quite like the boot loader that comes with FreeBSD. I believe it is called easyboot (or ezboot). It autodetects operating systems and allows the user to select which to boot by pressing a function key. No configuration required, and far friendlier prompting than LILO. Not ideal if you have several operating systems, are using a non-x86 architecture, or prefer a graphical menu tho.

    Come to think of it, I’m not sure it’s considered a boot loader. It just makes a partition active, so you still end up installing LILO in your Linux partition, FreeBSD boot loader in your BSD slice, etc.

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    Subject: GRUB is GRand Unified Bootloader
    Author: nyu
    Date: Monday, 2003/10/27 – 22:26
    Actualy, this is the point of GRUB (the Unified in GRand Unified Bootloader).

    GRUB understands filesystems and multiple kernel formats (asides from standard multiboot kernels like GnuMach). It can, for example, load the kernel Linux from a reiserfs partition, or Mach from an ext2fs, or KFreeBSD (Kernel of FreeBSD) from an UFS partition.

    All this happens without chainloading into other bootloaders. So you can have a bunch of different OSes installed and only need GRUB to handle them all.

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    Subject: Strange choice of question
    Author: bignose
    Date: Monday, 2003/10/20 – 06:06
    Putting multiple architectures in the poll *and* multiple bootloaders doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

    “Favourite architecture” is one poll, “Favourite x86 bootloader” is another. Combining the two is essentially meaningless. (Sure, all self-selected polls are meaningless, but this one would be meaningless even if the method was sound.)

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