IMHO (in my humble opinion), many folks have suggested excellent bootloaders. I like syslinux, although I have not tested it against ext4 to boot a usb disk, Has anyone got it to work? I like this the most since we can get the nice boot screen with the boot options, others like grub4dos, or plain grub. There is the tried and true lilio, but if many options are considered it is very difficult to cater to all users. Users using windows and the scripts, run as adminstrator, and install to flash disk. There are many overwhelming options, whichever bootloader one uses should depend on our installing option, ie., to usb disk, to hard disk as poor man's install (frugal) or as real installation. To not overwrite hard disk mbr and then successfully add porteus to it. I would only hope that there be documentation for each option, this way users can use what they already know and use the new options should they desire to use them. This would be for the users that want to install porteus without partitioning to NTFS disk running Vista/Windows 7?.
In following and carefully reading this thread, I am amazed by the knowledge and experience of the users, you guys are simply amazing and hope that your ideas don't get lost in here. I have used lilo(to boot Slackware), grub to boot Fedora, syslinux/extlinux to boot old slax from usb disk with ext3 partition, lilo to boot slax installed to XFS and also reiserfs. But have cheated(sometimes) to get it successfully installed
, disconnected hard disk to not wipe out installation (dual boot/triple boot installations that I have had on computer(s) ) Keep sharing your methods, and please don't get upset if your method is not chosen, I hope that fanthom & brokenman can implement a menu system to cater to more users, something like
How do you wish to boot Porteus?
1 ----> syslinux/extlinux : ./extlinux.sh
2 ----> grub4dos : /.grub4dos.sh | grub4dos.bat
3 ----> unetbootin : /.unetbootin.sh | unetbooin.exe
4 ----> ntfsinstall : /.ntfsinst.sh | ntfsinst.bat
5 ----> plp | GAG | windows boot loader | freebsd\openbsd\netbsd\...\otherbsd loader | other boot loaders out there?
If there are many options to use, let the users decide which ones they want? What do you guys think?
I know this is more work to do, but if some are willing to do it? I am happy the way things are, but if you want to please more people these options/suggestions are there to think about.