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Old 10-31-2009, 07:42 AM   #1
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Talking Lilo or Grub?

Hi, I'm a complete newb to Linux, and I'm writing a report which compares 2 OS's.
I read that Lilo doesn't know file systems, does it use MS-DOS for this?
Does Grub work in a completely 'self-sufficient' manner in comparison?
Thanks in advance,any help at all will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Pixellany, that helped a lot.

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I read that Lilo doesn't know file systems, does it use MS-DOS for this?
No; both Lilo and Grub are 100% Free Software.
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Originally Posted by KDaykin View Post
I read that Lilo doesn't know file systems, does it use MS-DOS for this?
It means that LILO stores data (kernel and configs) in known place on disc (determined by sector, cylinder, etc.) in contrast to GRUB which store it on real files. The latter has disadventage that it must known used today filesystems, but had many more adventages, like simply configuration (just edit conifg file), simpler kernel update (it is normal file, so it can be moved, removed, it even can be a symbolic link), integrated console (for recovery or temporary changing starting options), password locking and even... splash image


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