need a 'silent' bootloader- will grub do it?
Ok, I have some problems with a laptop configuration I am trying to put together- its a work laptop with win xp pro installed on single drive. I want to resize the drive for a small linux partition at end of drive, about 10gb. The general idea here is to have a small linux that appears mostly to look like win xp, not a big deal so far! but,
The main feature I need is for the laptop to be able to 'silently' boot into the linux while appearning to look like its just booting into xp pro. What I was thinking was to use a bootsplash screen like xp pro, so after short bios screen bl would have xp bootsplash, and give like 1 or 2 secs to input a key-combo else 'seamlessly' boot int5o xp && default xp bootsplash. If the right key-combo was input, it would goto linux boot with of course another replica of the xp bootsplash,, so either boot would appear to be a typical xp pro boot...
The other part of problem is that the linux partition needs to be hidden && hidden fairly well. It is not a super speedy laptop and needs more ram so encrypting whole partition doesn't seem reasonable, and I don't really knjow much about any of it anyways, and haven't had much luck with searching around so far. I have truecrypt dl'd but have to do more reading before I know if it will be suitable or not- I need an experienced user to provide some advice about possible methods && steps to take in ordert o properly implement this kind of configuration! Plus, I still have yet to find a bootloader that will fit the bill! grub has some features but as far as I can tell would have to be modified. Someone must have already tackled this kind of issue!! any help please,, cheers j