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On my nettop (nvidia ion) grub takes ~2 min to load (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/443113). Can I use some alternative bootloader to work around this issue? How to set it up?

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LILO is the other loader that gets a bit of attention. You could look into that. – Smithamax Jul 19 '11 at 6:03
    
That doesnt look like a grub problem - it looks like a kernel issue. Does post #34 work for you? – fossfreedom Jul 19 '11 at 6:07

Some alternatives to GRUB would be:

  1. BURG = Brand-new Universal loadeR from GRUB
  2. GAG = initials in spanish of Graphical Boot Manager
  3. LILO = LInux LOader
  4. Syslinux = lightweight bootloaders for MS-DOS FAT filesystems and Linux ext2/ext3/ext4 or btrfs filesystems (EXTLINUX)

If you're having problems with GRUB, I would recommend staying away from grapical bootloaders like BURG and GAG but you can try them all to see which fits your needs.

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