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what is the best bootloader. LILO or Grub. i was jst curious. i seem to like Grub but thought i would get everyone elses point of view on this. thanks...
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    best boot loader?


    what is the best bootloader. LILO or Grub. i was jst curious. i seem to like Grub but thought i would get everyone elses point of view on this. thanks
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    hmmm... I like lilo personaly. I think a lot of it is down to personal taste.

    lilo seems a lot smaller and more streamlined to me. but they are usualy heavily modified when shpped with mainstream distros like redhat and mandrake.

    loadlin is handy if you are running a dos based systme aswell i guess... but it can be a bit of a faf.

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    I started by using grub, and since it works I'll keep using it. The only real difference I've noticed between lilo and grub so far, is that grub allows spaces in the naming of your o/s labels (like "Redhat Version 9.0"), while lilo does not (have to do "Redhat_Version_9.0"). I know what your thinking - whoopy-freakin'-do. OK, fine; I'm sure there are other differences, too. But it would probably shake out similar to the whole vi(m) vs emacs grudge match...

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    I use grub on my only gui linux box (lilo on two others that are cmd only). I wanted to use it only to see what the real difference was. I've only been using it a short time and don't see from this side of the keyboard the real differences.
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    Read this it explains the differences of the two -> http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/l...grub-lilo.html

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    This part I don't get

    It cannot read ext2 partitions.
    Doesn't make sense. Which is not backwards compatible? Also doesn't seem to go with what I've seen using Grub lately which is reading both ext2 and 3.
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    I've only used grub before, though I plan on trying LILO soon. Right now though, I'm using a floppy.

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