GRUB 2 Receives New Font Engine
Phoronix: GRUB 2 Receives New Font Engine
GRUB 2, the next-generation Linux boot loader, has received a new font engine. Version 2 of the GRand Unified Bootloader introduces this new font engine that's written in C and with a font tool in Java...
Too much overkill for "just" a bootloader, imo. GRUB 2 has seen too much overengineering.
I hope they fix the error reporting. Nevermind that GRUB, being such an important program, doesn't give a solution to the user for helping fix the problem, it doesn't even say what the error is!
It's the ultimate horror situation for a newbie to be stuck with some "GRUB ERROR ##" and an unusable computer.
Last edited by Vadi; 01-04-2009 at 11:18 PM.
I'd like a good bootloader that does its job well without so much fluff, yet having good error detection and handling
Firstly, I believe GRUB2 will have better device detection and will support more filesystems than GRUB1. Secondly, I'm not sure how important error handling is. TBH, unless you are constantly reinstalling distros on your system, how often do you play around with GRUB confiugrations? More precisely, how often do you re-install grub on a partition? The newbie problem is better handled in the distor itself, making sure that sane and working options are set. Finally, the graphical component of GRUB2 was requested to allow for a better and more seamless desktop experience. Currently it is OK in GRUB1, with some SuSe hacks giving the best results. But after so long if the graphical aspect of grub isn't any nicer than GRUB1, then that would be an opportunity lost.
As I understand it (nb: I'm fairly noobish) Grub2 is a requirement for the move to ext4.
there are some unofficial patches for old grub as well, just google it.
as far as this news go - i'd rather see a stable release of grub2, and not bother with eye-candy.
Grub2 is great, I have been using it since early last year, and had fewer problems than with grub1
Good! I am trying to add a new hard drive to my machine, which uses GRUB2. Please, add a link to any description on how to make that work. I am unable to find it anywhere!
Originally Posted by KellyClowers
You mean replace the boot drive? Or add a new drive that will also be bootable? A new data-only drive that does not boot doesn't need any grub adjustment.
Originally Posted by sabriah
If you have a bootable drive already, and you want to be able to boot an OS on a new drive, I believe you would run "grub-setup (hdx,y)" where x is the number of the drive counting from 0 (so if this is your second hd, it would be 1) and y is the partition number starting from 1 (first partition on the disk would be 1).
Some info, but they made one mistake and said that partitions count from 0. Partitions actually count from 1
Info is pretty rare and scattered at this point, if you are trying to do something else, or need more help, post here again, or ask on IRC (try ChatZilla for Firefox if you aren't familiar with IRC) irc://irc.freenode.net/#grub