Linux install irritations

Am getting fed up whilst rebuilding my laptop. Previously I had Windows XP, JDS 3 beta and an old version of Solaris Express. I decided to get a newer Linux on there and go with the current version of Solaris 10. Fedora Core 5's networking didn't work properly, plus Sun seem to be working closely with Ubuntu currently, so Fedora was dumped and Ubuntu installed. Ubuntu requires the 'alternate cd' if you want to install it on an extended partition, which I did. Lilo is then installed as the bootloader however, with no option to use Grub. I don't have any preference over one or the other, but Lilo gives a strange error when I try to edit it to allow my Solaris partition to boot. This is annoying - I want to be able to boot Windows, Linux or Solaris via a nice menu at boot time. Instead I'm stuck with something I can't seem to change. On the bright side, Ubuntu looks great, wireless worked perfectly out of the box and VMware is happily installed. Ironic that Solaris installed perfectly first time and that after installing frkit I was happily up and running. Linux has taken a lot more fiddling with.
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This may be of some help to you, http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Linux+Win9x+Grub-HOWTO/proc.html#AEN54 . Also, the TLDP has many other great docs on how to do a multiboot system, using whatever boot loader you like. Yes, linux may require more tinkering around with to get environments like the one you mentioned up and running, however remember gnu linux is an Open Source project, created by people in their spare time (not by paid employees of international companies). Good luck with customizing your environment and feel free to email me if you need any help with grub or lilo. -Ken

Posted by Ken on June 22, 2006 at 09:56 AM GST #

I think that Ubuntu only is using lilo if you select to have xfs (or reiserfs) as your root partition and have no separate boot partition defined. You can select to use grub if you are using the "expert" install option (and get a warning not to use grub on xfs). The other way (which I do it always) is to define a separate /boot partition ( 50-100 Mb is more than enough, type ext2) and you're all fine.

Posted by Georg Zigldrum on June 22, 2006 at 10:33 AM GST #

Thanks Ken. I've got a couple more things to try and then I'll throw the laptop out of the window. Seriously, I think the problems stem from lilo not liking the extended partition/logical volume setup being used, along with the fact that the Ubuntu alternate cd doesn't give me the option to install Grub. Thanks for the comment and the offer of help - I'm determined to get it fixed so I may be in touch!

Posted by Chris on June 22, 2006 at 10:33 AM GST #

Thanks Georg. I though I had a boot partition defined, but maybe I don't. I'll have another look at things over the weekend...

Posted by Chris on June 22, 2006 at 10:35 AM GST #

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