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As you know, when dual booting on OSX you get a nice looking boot menu, something like:

OS X Boot Menu
(source: askdavetaylor.com)

I was curious as to whether there is a way to replace the textual interface of GRUB with something a little more, "GUI"-ey. To an extent, to emulate the nice-looking OSX boot menu.

To change this:

Grub Boot Menu

to something nicer.

If it is not possible with GRUB, is it possible with another bootloader?

I have already tried using grub-customizer, but it only allows you to change the color of the text.

Does anything like this exist in the Linux world? Or is this Mac-only eye candy?

  • It's a shame for Ubuntu not to have graphical grub! – Dmitry Sep 13 '17 at 23:09
  • Just for those still seeing this. There is rEFInd for UEFI systems. And since all new hardware since 2012 is UEFI and most installs now are UEFI (or should be). Also good to have as an emergency boot flash drive. rodsbooks.com/refind – oldfred May 20 '19 at 21:22
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Try BURG. I'm sure this is exactly the ticket. It is a themeble GUI overlay for GRUB & Grub Customizer can still administrate.

Brand-new Universal loadeR from Grub;

burg is a brand-new boot loader based on GRUB. It uses a new object format which allows it to be built in a wider range of OS, including Linux/Windows/OSX/FreeBSD, etc. It also has a highly configurable menu system which works in both text and graphic mode. Additional features like stream support and multiple input/output device are also planned.

BURG Scrn Sht

But, yes, as of comment, not actively maintained. Still I am not aware of an alternative, lets hope a developer picks up the slack...

  • It looks beautiful. Thank you; I'll look into it. The default text menu is so drab. – Aristides Mar 17 '14 at 15:22
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    The wiki page does say the following though: Warning: BURG seems to be no longer actively maintained as the upstream bzr repo at https://code.launchpad.net/~bean123ch/burg/trunk does not seem to be updated after October 2010. Users are recommended to switch to GRUB(2) or Syslinux instead. – Aristides Mar 17 '14 at 15:23
  • Please flesh this out a little. Perhaps explain how to install it or include a screenshot or an explanation of what burg can do? – terdon Mar 17 '14 at 15:42
  • Might be worth mentioning that you can set also the colours and background image of grub without installing burg. – bleeves Mar 18 '14 at 7:32

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