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LILO vs. GRUB

LILO vs. GRUB

Posted Jun 17, 2004 14:57 UTC (Thu) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
Parent article: LILO vs. GRUB

LILO stores information about the location of the kernel or other operating system on the Master Boot Record (MBR).
No. LILO stores information about the location of its own map file in the MBR; GRUB can optionally do this too, and the only way it can avoid it is the horribly fragile stick-stage-1.5-in-unallocated-sectors kludge.
Unlike LILO, GRUB has a web site. It also has a manual, FAQ, a bug tracker, a developer mailing list and a logo. LILO has none of those.
Er, actually LILO has a sizeable manpage and a huge LaTeX manual. (It would be nice if the current maintainer kept the latter up to date. :( )

Really, I wish it worked the way SILO did, with none of the uglinesses of LILO or GRUB -- but that might be hard until we get decent OpenBoot-compliant BIOSes.


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