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Old 12-03-2007, 06:02 PM   #1
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Just wondering which boot loader I should go with. If there are any pros and cons about each I'd like to hear, and then I pick which one best fits my needs. Thanks for your time.
Old 12-03-2007, 06:26 PM   #3
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Most distros try to steer me towards grub. Some really ancient motherboards won't boot with it though.
Old 12-03-2007, 06:39 PM   #4
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In general, GRUB is the default used by most distros. You should use the default.

GRUB is newer than LILO, and offers more flexibility and ease of maintenance and setup.

If your distro uses LILO by default (eg Slackware), then go with that.

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To give you a bit of a non-technical breakdown between the two...

LILO is, yes, older than Grub. The main different between them is that Lilo installs everything to the MBR*, requiring you to run the lilo command to re-install it if you make any changes to /etc/lilo.conf. Grub, on the other hand, only installs a reference to its configuration file. If you update the config, you update the bootloader, no extra commands needed.

The main pro for Lilo is that if something happens to any given partition, the bootloader doesn't break completely, as 100% of the needed info is in the MBR.

The main pro for Grub is that you don't need to re-install it every time you edit the configuration.

*MBR = Master Boot Record, where the BIOS looks to for the bootloader (Lilo, Grub, NTLDR, etc) upon boot.


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