why else might we need to use a boot manager in Linux
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All OS have a boot loader. Is just so that in windows
( and Mac ) the default time out is set to zero,
not letting you watch the options.
I think it is <some-function-key> + F8,
that takes you to the boot loader in e.g. xp.
( Haven't used windows for years.)
You bring up a good point for tbear1973, because if it Linux Distro allows him to see the bootmenu timeout to 0, then tbear1973's boot menu could be bypassed. For my system, it is in the file: /boot/grub/menu.lst
and there is the "timeout" word with a number (for seconds) after it. timeout 8
(wait 8 seconds before automatically booting into the default selection if no other keyaction is taken).
~ $ sudo cat /boot/grub/menu.lst
# Configure custom boot parameters for updated kernels in /etc/sysconfig/bootloader
##YaST - generic_mbr
##YaST - activate
###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
title openSUSE 11.2
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-126.96.36.199-0.2-default root=/dev/... showopts vga=0x318