Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Jul 2004 08:45 UTC
Editorial This article describes some of my annoyances in computing. If you had any problems reading this article, then skip this one. It will only be a waste of your time. There are a lot of annoying things in the wonderful world of computing. Of course, nothing is perfect, but that doesn't mean we are not allowed to complain and scream and throw our keyboards at our monitors when yet another irritation pops up.
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Lindows bootloader
by Luke Plant on Mon 12th Jul 2004 11:44 UTC

It's not just Windows that overwrites your MBR. Lindows (now Linspire) replaced my GRUB bootloader with it's own incorrectly autodetected LILO setup without asking. I kind of expected this, as Lindows is geared towards Linux newbies, who are unlikely to have several Linux partitions already.

I rebooted in my normal Linux system and restored the GRUB bootloader, only to find that Lindows re-clobbers the MBR *every time* it boots up! This is presumably part of the reason for the huge boot time on Lindows. Microsoft have nothing on Lindows!