[arch-dev-public] Boot loaders in core/base

Tobias Powalowski t.powa at gmx.de
Sun Nov 21 10:41:52 CET 2010

Am Samstag 20 November 2010 schrieb Pierre Schmitz:
> On Sat, 20 Nov 2010 15:42:28 +0100, Andreas Radke <a.radke at arcor.de>
> wrote:
> > Am Sat, 20 Nov 2010 11:27:35 +0100
> > 
> > schrieb Pierre Schmitz <pierre at archlinux.de>:
> >> What do you think about this? At some point it might not be
> >> sane/possible to keep grub1 as our default boot loader.
> > 
> > I'm using grub-legacy on all my systems. I dislike the option to force
> > everybody to use a separate ext* boot partition.
> Don't get me wrong here. I underlined that I wont force anyone to do
> anything. So one should still be able to use grub and it should also be
> kept on the install CD.
> > I prefer to keep grub-legacy that is still maintained by the
> > distributions (see heavy Fedora patching) our default boot loader until
> > we think we can replace it with grub(2). Maybe it's already ready
> > for this after the next minor testing releae. It should already be
> > in good state since Ubuntu uses it as the default loader.
> Well, it should be clear that grub1 is a dead end; no matter how much
> you patch it. I am also not talking about doing something about this
> tomorrow but some day in the future. The day when we are forced to think
> about grub1 by something else (read as replacing the default not the
> package). And in that case I think extlinux is the more simple solution
> compared to grub2.
- You will need grub2 in the future, for all fancy things like gpt, uefi and 
  such things.
- extlinux is good and small but doesn't offer any fancy things.
- grub still works for most people, as lilo would do

Tobias Powalowski
Archlinux Developer & Package Maintainer (tpowa)
tpowa at archlinux.org
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