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Re: Grub installation. First potential Fedora killer

On Thu, 2014-01-09 at 15:36 -0500, Gene Czarcinski wrote:
> OK, here are some additional thoughts/considerations ...
> 1. What this does for grub2 also applies to when syslinux/extlinux is 
> the bootloader.  There are some situations when it is desireable to have 
> anaconda do all the configuration it now does but not do the extlinux 
> --install or install a new MBR or change the active/bootable flag on the 
> partition.

Yeah, whether to look at the behaviour for other bootloaders is an
obvious consideration, but BIOS/grub2 is still by far the most important

> 2.  There may be a need for a new kickstart command which specifies a 
> directory where the /boot files would be installed (kernel, initramfs, 
> syslinux/extlinux, etc.).  In a regular gui install, this directory 
> could default to using the machine-id with the result that everything 
> for this install goes into /boot/<machine-id>/ rather than /boot.  Yes, 
> this can be done with a complicated post-install script or after install 
> process but it would be a lot easier if there were some enabling 
> capabilities.

This isn't something I want to consider as part of the current proposal.
I think it would be better considered separately.

> 3.  There appears to be a lot of effort going into support of UEFI and 
> currently grub2 is the bootloader because it alone supported EFI.  That 
> is no longer the case since syslinux-6.02 supports the "old" bios as 
> well as efi64 and efi32.

Also off topic from the current proposal, and pjones has said grub2 is
used as the UEFI bootloader not because it's the 'only' one - there have
always been others, including elilo and gummiboot - but because it's the
only one with all the capabilities considered necessary.
Adam Williamson
Fedora QA Community Monkey
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