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?

  • LILO is the other loader that gets a bit of attention. You could look into that.
    – Smithamax
    Jul 19, 2011 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, 2011 at 6:07

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In addition to the @13east answer, there is the very good and very simple rEFInd.

I also want to share the very good answer of @mikeserv on Unix & Linux Stackexchange to a similar question Is GRUB the best bootloading solution? Is there an easier alternative?.

Finally if you are looking for more exotic choices you can take a look on alternativeto.


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.


I coded grub-smart, which makes GRUB to automatically figure out its optimal configuration.

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