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    GRUB and LILO


    This question has probably been asked before, but I couldn't find it in the forums.

    What is the difference between LILO and GRUB? GRUB is something with multiboot, right?

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    Both GrUB and LiLo can dual boot, but I think LiLo is easier, and that with GrUB you can configure it on the fly.

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    Re: GRUB and LILO

    Quote Originally Posted by Veli
    What is the difference between LILO and GRUB? GRUB is something with multiboot, right?
    Personal preference. Both GRUB and LILO support booting of multiple operating systems, including Linux, FreeBSD, MS Windows, etc. The differences are mostly in the way their configuration files are made up (one usually makes more sense to some people than the other). It's just up to whichever does what you want the way you want it.
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    Grub IMHO is nicer because you don't have to run it after changing your menu.lst.

    On the other hand, Lilo will let you know of errors in your lilo.conf if you messed up when you run /sbin/lilo so you don't have to screw up your boot. Plus, Lilo IMHO is easier to configure.

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    Re: GRUB and LILO

    Quote Originally Posted by Veli
    This question has probably been asked before, but I couldn't find it in the forums.

    What is the difference between LILO and GRUB? GRUB is something with multiboot, right?
    Most distribution rollers say that GRUB is superior to Lilo, and that Lilo is deprecated...I have had more success with Lilo, but GRUB is very powerful ( unfortunately only 3 people in the world know how to utilize all of GRUB's power, and 2 of them were GRUB's authors ) if you understand it.

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    As a personal preference: I also like GRUB more (I've had more success in dealing with it than with LILO).

    You should try for yourself and see which one you like better.
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    Re: GRUB and LILO

    Quote Originally Posted by lakerdonald
    Quote Originally Posted by Veli
    This question has probably been asked before, but I couldn't find it in the forums.

    What is the difference between LILO and GRUB? GRUB is something with multiboot, right?
    Most distribution rollers say that GRUB is superior to Lilo, and that Lilo is deprecated...I have had more success with Lilo, but GRUB is very powerful ( unfortunately only 3 people in the world know how to utilize all of GRUB's power, and 2 of them were GRUB's authors ) if you understand it.
    Who is the third person?

    For a newbie, I would say definitely LiLo, a lot easier.

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    When you change LILO's config, you've to run /sbin/lilo, but nothing like that for GRUB. Plus, you don't have to use what's in your config to boot GRUB.

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    The first bootloader I ever got my hands dirty in was GRUB. I've had great success with it. It seemed easier to configure than Lilo, as IMO the language it uses in the grub.conf file is more understandable. I haven't even had to try twice to set up dual-boot. The first time it worked perfectly. It really is a matter of personal opinion, though.
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    As has been said, it really is personal opinion. I notice that those who first experience LILO tend to prefer it, while those who began with GRUB use that now.

    I have used both (and have had to set up both - yay Gentoo!), and I vastly prefer LILO simply for the config file syntax. That said, I didn't do too much research into GRUB (and I was already acquainted with LILO), so I'm slightly biased.

    If you can, try out both. If not, just learn to utilize the one that your favorite distro uses.

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