[syslinux] syslinux vs grub

Luis.F.Correia Luis.F.Correia at seg-social.pt
Fri Jan 7 02:47:39 PST 2005

 Hi H. Peter,

> -----Original Message-----
> From: H. Peter Anvin [mailto:hpa at zytor.com] 
> Sent: Friday, January 07, 2005 9:50 AM
> To: SYSLINUX at zytor.com
> Subject: [syslinux] syslinux vs grub
> 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

I understand your comments all too well.

We at leaf.sf.net, Bering-uClibc router software, do use syslinux and
isolinux to run our software and occasionally pxelinux to startup some
embedded router hardware.

I find your work invaluable and appreciate this 'Linux habit' you have.

Let me finish by saying that for embedded hardware and for rescue disks,
syslinux will continue to live on!

Don't despair, keep on!

Luis Correia   
Bering uClibc Team Member

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