[syslinux] syslinux vs grub
H. Peter Anvin
hpa at zytor.com
Sat Jan 8 15:04:42 PST 2005
H. Peter Anvin wrote:
>> So, in my usage scenarios, to supplant GRUB you need two things:
>> 1) A better boot-time command-line interface (e.g., the ability to
>> select the boot device, TAB completion of file names, or at least
>> the ability to browse the filesystem)
>> 2) Modular filesystem drivers (I assume you would eschew a GRUB-like
>> monolithic design). So I could boot a FAT floppy, tell it to
>> load the appropriate ext2/xfs/jfs/whatever module, then load and
>> boot the kernel from my real hard drive.
> This somewhat cuts to the core of what I consider the essential
> simplicity of syslinux, the fact that it deals with a single filesystem
> (and not just a single *type* of filesystem). If the above are genuine
> requirements, then I'm barking up the wrong tree.
I probably should be more blunt: the above is basically asking to turn
syslinux into grub with a somewhat cleaner internal structure. I must
say I question the genuine value, but if that's what people want to do,
then syslinux is the wrong product and I should shut the project down.
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