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You mean you have an early version of grub-II. Where did you find that?
My comment was not unique to any version of GRUB---the point is this: Since chainloading works, there is little motivation to do it any other way. And with GRUB -II in the works, there is for sure no motivation to add such a feature to 0.97, 0.999---whatever it is now.
My issue with chainloading isn't that it doesn't work (it does) but that it requires delicacy in dealing with the MBR.
For instance, to get GRUB2, NTLDR, and Vista BT on one MBR, you need to install XP/2k/2k3 then Vista then Linux - anything else breaks the chain.
However, if one could do away entirely with the other two, GRUB2 suddenly becomes an amazing bit of software.
Hence I return to my question: Would have to be done?