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Old 10-28-2004, 04:11 PM   #1
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should I pick GRUB or LILO

can anyone tell me the advantage of using GRUB over LILO? or vice versa.
and also what's the advantage of installing Boot Loader record on /dev/hda (MBR) over /dev/hda1 first sector of boot partition?
FYI: I have /boot partition so should I go for the 2nd choice (dev/hda1)?


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Old 10-28-2004, 04:36 PM   #2
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There isn't much difference between the 2 for me but I prefer the layout of the grub config file more and you don't have to run lilo after you make a change.

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Old 10-28-2004, 04:46 PM   #3
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I use LILO simply because it's what I've always used so I'm used to the config file.
The grub command line leaves me bewildered!

I don't think there's any particular reason why one is better than the other though, just personal preference.
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I prefer to use GRUB because it is very easy to use on a LIVE LINUX CD to fix a system's boot config if I need to. LILO can be a pain to use in many LIVE LINUX CD. GRUB does not have problem booting to any partition and filesystem. GRUB and LILO has similar features, but which one you should choose is up to you.

what's the advantage of installing Boot Loader record on /dev/hda (MBR) over /dev/hda1 first sector of boot partition?
A filesystem like XFS has a problem with LILO.
Old 10-28-2004, 07:18 PM   #5
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"GRUB is very easy to use on a LIVE LINUX CD to fix a system's boot config"...I heard "easy" so I will go for this one
I remembered the first time I installed Redhat 9, I chose GRUB boot loader. When I did the updates throgh Redhat network, my system was upgraded to higher kernel version(cannot remember if that was 2.4 or 2.6 or ???) and then after I reboot the system, I could choose from either 2.4 kernel version or let's say 2.6 (since I cannot remember the exact one), it's kind of annoying because I just want the newest version, SO does anyone know how to delete the old version? or should I make my options open? please forgive me if my question sounds bizarre.

Thank you guys for sharing your experiences.
Old 10-28-2004, 07:55 PM   #6
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i vote GRUB...LILO gave me frustration and headaches from trying to make it multi-boot my box...GRUB just worked
Old 11-02-2004, 11:01 PM   #7
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Don't know which is better, but, I think LILO is more widely used than GRUB. That would probably make it easier to get help on LILO.


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