[syslinux] syslinux vs grub

Aaron McSorley aaron.mcsorley at amd.com
Fri Jan 7 07:56:51 PST 2005

  Thank you very much for all your hard work.
PXELinux is an integral part of our validation test network, it
is the only software that does what it does and actually works on all of 
our hardware. We take full advantage of PXELinux, memdisk, and Muralis(thanks
to you too Murali) menu system. I cant wait to try the new menu system and all
of the new features you've been creating. You're not wasting your time.
I think you should focus on taking a break, the code can wait.


On Fri, 7 Jan 2005, H. Peter Anvin wrote:

> Okay, I'm going to ask the gajillion-dollar question...
> I've been doing syslinux for 11 years now.  From a very limited scope it has 
> since grown and is now a very advanced boot loader.
> Unfortunately, it's not clear to me anymore to what extent the work I'm doing 
> is useful.
> I personally dislike grub because of its monolithic design, and because the 
> grub people have traditionally been very difficult to deal with. Yet it has 
> achieved a remarkable adoption rate, and it's not clear whether or not it's 
> worth trying to capture that market (especially since these are markets in 
> which you don't get paid...!)
> In many ways Grub is like Windows; bloated, bad design, has the checkbox 
> features, most of them badly implemented, and enough pretty pictures people 
> think it's user friendly.  I don't want to turn syslinux into that.  So I 
> guess the megaquestion is...
> Is it worth bothering with going forward, or am I wasting my time?  If so, 
> what should I be focusing on?
> 	-hpa
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