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Old 06-26-2011, 09:21 AM   #1
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List of distros that use Grub

Would like to try multi-boot different distros other than the Ubuntu flavors, they must use grub boot loader automatically. I cant find any list on the web? I don't want to edit menu.list.

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Old 06-26-2011, 09:40 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums!

The list would be very long; GRUB or GRUB2 are the default bootloaders for most Linux distros (a notable exception is Slackware which uses LILO).

Because Ubuntu now uses GRUB2, there is no menu.lst file any more. See here for instructions how to configure GRUB2:

If you want to post details of the specific problem you're having, I'm sure someone here will be able to help you. It is probably not necessary to completely switch distros in order to solve a GRUB problem.
Old 06-26-2011, 09:48 AM   #3
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distrowatch has a list of distros which include which bootloaders they use, but I do not know any searchable list.
You have the option within ubuntu to install other bootloaders if you prefer - but it is unclear what problem you are trying to solve here - all bootloaders have a configuration file you'll have to edit and Ubuntu used Grub2 which does not use any menu.list or menu.lst file at all.

fedora used to (don't know about now) offer a choice of bootloaders on installation - grub vs lilo, and I understand slackware uses lilo by default.
But in general, pick the ditro that is the most right for you by default and if you don't like some part of it - change it.
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Fedora is Grub1. As far as I know, only Slackware and its respins/derivatives use Lilo by default.

If you want to multiboot, you're probably going to need to edit something. For example, you have Ubuntu as your first distro and you add a second. If you put its bootloader on its root partition, you will need to get Ubuntu's bootloader to call it. If you put the second distro's bootloader on the MBR, you will be relying on it including an entry for Ubuntu automatically: most do, but Fedora doesn't.
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Thank you for the quick response. Sorry I was not clear enough, basically I've been dual or multiboot ubuntu flavors with windows xp. For installation, I would create a separate partition to install on. You are correct about Grub2, it should be /boot/grub/grub.cfg. Each time I install a ubuntu, mint or kubuntu etc.. the new distro will add itself in the grub screen. Easy for a newbie. But I would like to try other distros and I would like to make sure that they can install the same way. Cant seem to find a clear list on the web that would confirm how it would install in my multi-boot setup. I am coming to the conclusion that there are not many. I know we can edit the grub, but I'm not sure of myself doing it manually yet. thanks....
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You don't actually need a separate partition. From your existing Ubuntu install:

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

Then log out and choose the new desktkop environment from the Sessions menu on the login screen. Couldn't be easier, and you don't have to mess with GRUB at all!

For testing non-Ubuntu distros without messing with GRUB, try Live CD, Live USB, or Virtualbox.

ps What does the FIRST LINE of your grub.cfg file say?


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