Grub 2

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Thu Oct 18 15:37:08 PDT 2007


This is a bit of a rant.

After reviewing the thread on 'mktemp, tempfile & coreutils', I asked my
self what is the big deal about Grub 2.  I went to the Grub home page
and did some reading.

My reaction is "Are they out of their minds?"  My conclusion is yes.
The whole idea of a bootloader is to get the OS up and running.  I
looked at http://grub.enbug.org/CommandList and am astounded.

This goes completely against the Unix philosophy of making simple single
function tools.  Why are they trying to do lsmod/rmmod, enter rescue
mode, set and unset variables, run scripts, and so forth.  They are
trying to recreate the kernel.

I don't have a problem with rewriting Grub, but they have let feature
creep run away and lost sight of the purpose of the application.  Just
because you *can* do something doesn't mean that you *should* do it.

I don't see LFS going to this for a *long* time.

  -- Bruce



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