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    I have a distro that uses grub, but i wanna switch to another one but this new one uses lilo, its not gonna funk up my MBR when it makes the change will it?
    that sounds like a good idea trooper.
    -Vulcan

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    Re: New Linux Question

    Okay, there's an easy way to handle problems like this. First, let's pretend that you're the lilo-using distribution. You're feeling angry, and holding a sniper rifle. Then there's the MBR, also known as "munchkin", making his happy, innocent way across a meadow in CoD2 to plant some explosives.

    Hope that helps.
    Disclaimer: I know nothing about your issue, but I'm guessing the same principles apply.

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    • #3
      Re: New Linux Question

      LILO is deprecated. It's what Red Hat used to use, but they switched to GRUB. Which distro is still using LILO? Ask them why.

      LILO edits the boot sector each time you change a setting in its config file and run the lilo utility. GRUB reads its text file at boot time, and the boot sector is changed only when you first install it.

      LILO does have a nice feature of a "one-shot" boot, where it boots a different entry one time and then returns to the default entry. This is good for testing a kernel at a remote location when you're not sure if it will boot. You can power-cycle a hung system and get back the old reliable kernel. AFAIK GRUB doesn't have an equivalent. But that's the only real advantage I can think of. If you can see the machine's console, you don't need this feature.
      Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

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      • #4
        Re: New Linux Question

        I like LILO because it's what I'm used to. Gentoo gives me the freedom to choose either one :)
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        • #5
          Re: New Linux Question

          okay next question how do i get rid of it as in uninstall it off my MBR?
          that sounds like a good idea trooper.
          -Vulcan

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          • #6
            Re: New Linux Question

            Install whatever you want.. LILO will overwrite GRUB, GRUB will overwrite LILO.. A dos bootdisk will put a dos/windows MBR back on there by running "fdisk /mbr" or "fixmbr" in the XP recovery console.
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            • #7
              Re: New Linux Question

              Originally posted by ScratchMonkey
              LILO does have a nice feature of a "one-shot" boot, where it boots a different entry one time and then returns to the default entry. This is good for testing a kernel at a remote location when you're not sure if it will boot. You can power-cycle a hung system and get back the old reliable kernel. AFAIK GRUB doesn't have an equivalent. But that's the only real advantage I can think of. If you can see the machine's console, you don't need this feature.
              Having used both LILO and Grub for many years, I'm now a really big fan of Grub. I wouldn't put LILO back in unless you paid me a whole lot of money.
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              • #8
                Re: New Linux Question

                How about $8.95 a month? :P
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                • #9
                  Re: New Linux Question

                  Originally posted by Pokerface
                  How about $8.95 a month? :P
                  LOL.. No, that won't get me to swith back to LILO.
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                  • #10
                    Re: New Linux Question

                    Originally posted by perry
                    I like LILO because it's what I'm used to. Gentoo gives me the freedom to choose either one :)
                    Comfort is nice. I stayed with DOS long after Win3.1 came out.

                    Is anyone actively developing LILO? I thought it was a dead project.
                    Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

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                    • #11
                      Re: New Linux Question

                      Yea, looks like the latest update was released last September.. http://lilo.go.dyndns.org/
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                      • #12
                        Re: New Linux Question

                        Thanks, I stand corrected, then. Here's the changelog:

                        http://home.san.rr.com/johninsd/pub/linux/lilo/CHANGES

                        For comparison, here's the GRUB project:

                        http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/
                        Dude, seriously, WHAT handkerchief?

                        snooggums' density principal: "The more dense a population, the more dense a population."

                        Iliana: "You're a great friend but if we're ever chased by zombies I'm tripping you."

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