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    Default GNU GRUB 1.99 Released; So Close To Version 2.0

    Phoronix: GNU GRUB 1.99 Released; So Close To Version 2.0

    While a number of Linux distributions are already shipping "GRUB2", version 2.0 of the GRUB boot-loader has in fact not been officially released. The proper GNU GRUB 2.0 release though is slowly nearing and yesterday marked the release of GRUB 1.99...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTQ0OA

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    That's great.

    But what work is left in order to get to the first 'stable' release?

    I mean when can we expect GRUB 2.0 actually being released as production ready?

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    A very important part of Grub2 is the ability to read and boot off USB. This allows Coreboot and old computers whose BIOSes can't read USBs to boot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stan View Post
    A very important part of Grub2 is the ability to read and boot off USB. This allows Coreboot and old computers whose BIOSes can't read USBs to boot.
    That should be pretty easy to add that support to boot not just off USB's but CDROM's too as many old machines don't have CDROM boot support implemented in BIOS

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    The next release will probably be 1.999, then 1.9999. Grub 2 has been in development for longer than I've been using Linux.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pvtcupcakes View Post
    The next release will probably be 1.999, then 1.9999. Grub 2 has been in development for longer than I've been using Linux.
    Or it could be 1.100. The period could be a separator rather than a decimal point, so what we think are the integer and mantissa need not have such a relationship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stan View Post
    A very important part of Grub2 is the ability to read and boot off USB. This allows Coreboot and old computers whose BIOSes can't read USBs to boot.
    Also grub 1/legacy can do that. I have old laptops which have no BIOS options to boot from USB, and I have been using legacy grub for years to boot USB sticks. Or are you talking about something else? I suppose in my example, the BIOS has /some/ USB support. Otherwise grub would have to talk to different USB host controllers and do the whole USB transfer at very low level. Surely not even grub 2 is gonna do that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tormod View Post
    Also grub 1/legacy can do that. I have old laptops which have no BIOS options to boot from USB, and I have been using legacy grub for years to boot USB sticks. Or are you talking about something else? I suppose in my example, the BIOS has /some/ USB support. Otherwise grub would have to talk to different USB host controllers and do the whole USB transfer at very low level. Surely not even grub 2 is gonna do that?
    Or if you have just Windows and no Grub you can use a Super Grub CD to boot the stick

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