Grub installation. First potential Fedora killer

Adam Williamson awilliam at redhat.com
Fri Jan 10 22:57:39 UTC 2014


On Thu, 2014-01-09 at 14:30 +0100, Harald Hoyer wrote:
> On 01/02/2014 11:32 PM, Jean Fran├žois Martinez wrote:
> > I have a nice booter setup and a nice _main_ Linux installation.  Last thing
> >  I would want is a distribution I am _testing_, that is Fedora 20 forces on 
> > me it will be my main installation and forces me to choose between installing
> > Grub on the MBR or not at all.
> > 
> > In addition it didn't detect my other Linux installation so at first boot I 
> > was only able to choose between Fedora 20 and Fedora 20.  Fortunately running
> > grub-install fixed it (ie this time my other installations were detected).
> > Sort of.  First of all because Fedora 20, ie a ditribution I was _testing_
> > was now the default and second of all because every time I upgrade the kernel
> > of my _main_ distribution I am supposed to reboot on F20 and run 
> > grub-install.  Great.  Nothing I can't fix but your average Ubuntu or Suse 
> > user will just cancel installation as soon he notices F20 is going to force 
> > itself on his MBR.  And if the road is a one way one between Fedora and 
> > Ubintu then  it is doomed.
> > 
> 
> That's the reason we came up with
> http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Specifications/BootLoaderSpec/
> 
> and even have a patch for grub2
> http://pkgs.fedoraproject.org/cgit/grub2.git/tree/0460-blscfg-add-blscfg-module-to-parse-Boot-Loader-Specif.patch
> 
> If all bootloaders would follow the spec, nothing has to be configured manually
> and would just use the dropin directories.

So what's the hold-up?
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