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Old 04-29-2009, 07:44 AM   #1
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Unhappy Syslinux versus GRUB


HI all,

Well up until now, I had thought that the world of Linux bootloaders was confined to just LILO and GRUB. Clearly GRUB is superior, so I've been spending mucho tiempo swotting up on it. Now, however, I have come across a bootable USB distro that uses Syslinux/Isolinux and am not happy as I don't know the first thing about it.

The question is, can I rip out Syslinux from this thumbdrive and hook up GRUB to boot it instead? All these bootloaders do is basically spoon-feed the kernel to the next step in the process, right? So is there any reason why I can't replace this Syslinux upstart with GRUB? Thanks, CC.
 
Old 04-29-2009, 07:56 AM   #2
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spoon-feed the kernel to the next step in the process
That does not sound like the role of a bootloader.....

I think that the job of the bootloader is to get things ready, and then pass control to the kernel. Then (in Linux) the kernel calls "init" to get the rest of the system set up.
 
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That does not sound like the role of a bootloader.....

I think that the job of the bootloader is to get things ready, and then pass control to the kernel. Then (in Linux) the kernel calls "init" to get the rest of the system set up.
Yeah, I guess that's more accurate. Anyways, I just wondered if it was possible to interface the two systems. I'll find out shortly as that's what I'm about to attempt.
Always make backups before trying this kind of thing at home, kids. :-)
 
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the problem is Grub having issues recognizing the usb it is supposed to boot from(geometry)

It is much easier using syslinux
Why do you wanna use Grub?

This post may help you too....
( http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...-stick-719054/ )
 
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the problem is Grub having issues recognizing the usb it is supposed to boot from(geometry)

It is much easier using syslinux
Why do you wanna use Grub?
I'd sooner use it since i've just been studying its finer points for the last 2 days and feel I know enough about it now to start tweakin'. With Syslinux I'd have to go back to scratch, which kinda blows.

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This post may help you too....
( http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...-stick-719054/ )
Hmmm. Interesting stuff. Ideally it would be nice to boot a live CD distro straight off an SD card when the system bios doesn't support booting of such a card. As usual, however, my aims exceed my abilities by some considerable margin. :-l
 
  


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