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?
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:
- BURG = Brand-new Universal loadeR from GRUB
- GAG = initials in spanish of Graphical Boot Manager
- LILO = LInux LOader
- 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.