Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Jun 2007 22:13 UTC, submitted by lost
Slackware, Slax Patrick J. Volkerding announced the first release candidate of Slackware 12 in the current changelog. This will be the first Slackware release with a kernel from the 2.6 tree ( as default. "It's that time again, and here we have Slackware 12.0 release candidate 1! If we're lucky, we got it all right the first time. Big thanks to the crew."
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RE[2]: lilo
by psychicist on Sun 17th Jun 2007 10:30 UTC in reply to "RE: lilo"
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Last time I checked Grub didn't support a lot of filesystems, like XFS, so if you wanted to use one of those you had to install Lilo. Debian 4 is same way, it'll install Grub for you by default, but if you choose XFS as your main file system then it'll install Lilo.

I have been using both GRUB and XFS for years so it should really not be a problem. The trick is to make a separate (/boot) ext3 partition where GRUB resides. GRUB can't coexist with XFS on the same partition so you shouldn't even try.

As a matter of fact the way I install GRUB on a partition of itself it's a completely separate entity from the installed operating system(s) and it isn't mounted anywhere in any of them by default.
So I never install GRUB or LILO when installing Slackware. I don't even bother with CD/DVD installs anymore, just installing from the hard disk, which is both faster and less error-prone.

Also I hardly ever upgrade the bootloader unless there is a major advantage to doing so and just update menu.lst to point to the newer kernel on the Slackware partition, which is usually just a version number change.

Of course it helps that I have created and installed self-contained rescue images (30-90 MB) that can be run from this separate boot partition in case I misconfigure GRUB. And modern firmwares such as PMON and OpenFirmware, which combine the functionality of the BIOS and GRUB, let you directly boot kernels anyway on non-x86 architectures.

Edited 2007-06-17 10:31 UTC

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