[syslinux] syslinux vs grub

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Sat Jan 8 14:02:42 PST 2005

Patrick J. LoPresti 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.


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