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Friday, December 3, 2010

Burg an alternative to Grub

Burg is a boot loader based on GRUB. 
It is compatible with Linux/Windows/OSX/Solaris/FreeBSD, etc. It also has a highly configurable menu system which works in both text and graphic mode.
If you use dual boot Linux, OSX Windows, that is, if you use more than one system on your machine, maybe you should try "burg" although it can bearchieved with a dedicated Grub partition too.
Burg is a new boot loader, much more stylish than the simple text-based GRUB.
Here is a screenshot: 

Install BURG in Ubuntu 10.04 or greater
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bean123ch/burg
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install burg
During the installation, it should ask you to write the new boot loader to MBR. If you skip that step, you can later use the following command to update MBR of hd0:
sudo burg-install "(hd0)"
Alternatively you can use Burg manager


Burg-manager is an intuitive interface that simplify installation and configuration of burg bootloader. Burg-manager allows to install Burg and many beautiful themes from a big gallery.

Before to install Burg manager, you need to have first buc installed or will not work for you.
Download Buc package from this link

When Buc is installed then you can download and install Burg-manager.

For Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid lynx, you can also install Burg manager by following these steps (Just copy/Past these 3 lines to your terminal):

echo "deb lucid main  non-free" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo gpg --keyserver hkp:// --recv-keys FA088BA5  && sudo gpg --armor --export FA088BA5 | sudo apt-key add
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install  burg-manager

Install the theme by clicking twice on the theme


Johnny said...

This looks so freakin' awesome!
Is this fully accurate, or is there bugs that may mess up my system?

Jeroen said...

Well, this burg post is 2 years old. I didn't use it since then, and I don't know really if it still works OK because Grub had changed since then.
Couldn't you try it on a non production system first?

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