[syslinux] syslinux vs grub

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Fri Jan 7 01:50:26 PST 2005

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?


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