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?
Some alternatives to GRUB would be:
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.