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Quick-boot Laptops Ready for a Facelift

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| After being hampered by slow adoption, laptops with quick-boot capabilities 
| may soon be upgraded with new features that could make them attractive to 
| users.  
| Quick-boot capabilities had been on the horizon for years but finally made a 
| splash earlier this year, appearing in many PCs like netbooks sold by Lenovo 
| and Sony. Without loading Windows, users can instantly surf the Web, view 
| digital images or check e-mail just a few seconds after switching on a 
| laptop.    



GRUB 2: the New Boot Loader in Ubuntu 9.10

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| UDS (Ubuntu Developer Summit) for Karmic Koala took place this year, between
| the 25th and 29th of May, in Barcelona, Spain. There were 270 blueprints that
| needed to be discussed during the summit, like the new professional look of
| Plymouth (an application that takes care of the graphical boot animation) for
| Karmic Koala, which will not become reality very soon. However, some of the
| ideas discussed at UDS will be implemented in the next version of the Ubuntu
| operating system, due for release in late October 2009. One of these was
| the "grub2-as-default" discussion, and Colin Watson had the pleasure to
| announce last night that GRUB 2 would definitely be the default boot loader
| in Ubuntu 9.10.


GRUB2 To Be Used By Default In Ubuntu 9.10

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| Starting with Ubuntu 9.10 (and beginning with tomorrow's daily CD builds),
| GRUB2 will be the default boot-loader on new Ubuntu installations. GRUB2 will
| bring internationalization support, support for newer systems, and many other
| improvements considering this GNU boot-loader has been in development for a
| number of years.


Explaining Ubuntu's 10 Second Boot Time

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| Canonical's Scott James Remnant has now outlined more on their plans for the
| Ubuntu boot performance targets with Ubuntu 9.10 and 10.04 LTS. The main
| areas that developers will be working on is speeding up the X Server start-up
| process and improving initramfs.


GRUB 2 Receives New Font Engine

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| GRUB 2, the next-generation Linux boot loader, has received a new font
| engine. Version 2 of the GRand Unified Bootloader introduces this new font
| engine that's written in C and with a font tool in Java. This engine will
| allow for better internationalization support including non-ASCII character
| codes and support for multiple fonts.


Super Grub Disk To The Rescue!

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| If you've ever tried to set up a dual boot system, more than likely you have
| also managed to mangle the master boot record (MBR) of your main system drive
| at least one time. Once corrupted you typically have a couple of options. One
| of the most obvious ways is to boot from a CD-ROM distribution and reinstall
| the OS. It's probably not the quickest fix but it usually does work. You
| could accomplish basically the same thing with a bootable USB disk if you
| happen to have one.
| Super Grub Disk (SGB) is a handy alternative that works in a few seconds.
| You'll find versions you can burn to a CD-ROM, USB disk or floppy disk.
| Booting from one of these media devices presents you with a menu of options
| that should help you get your system configured properly. It's also a tool
| capable of leaving your system unable to boot if you set the options wrong.
| [...]
| Super Grub Disk is a handy tool to have around if you find yourself
| installing multiple operating systems or even if you just want a way to
| diagnose a boot problem. It gives you an alternative boot path to get around
| a system that won't boot from the main hard drive. Best of all, it's free!


Vista SP1 won't install on dual-boot systems: Microsoft

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| If you’re dualbooting Windows Vista Enterprise or Ultimate alongside a Linux
| distro, and have installed the Linux bootloader into the MBR, then you’re
| guaranteed to run into problems when installing Vista Service Pack 1,
| Microsoft has admitted.  



Geek in Paradise - Vista Upgrade

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| As the HP Advisor disc was in the process of finishing, the machine
| froze solid. After giving it 5 minutes of no disk activity, I reset
| the machine to be greeted by a lovely blinking cursor. I put the
| Vista disc in and booted into a repair installation, where I ran the
| Repair tool. My hunch was proved correct when it returned a corrupted
| MBR, which it had fixed. Thinking all was well, I rebooted to be
| greeted with a black screen (no blinking cursor). Well, there's
| something more going on so I rebooted into the repair tool and let
| it do it's thing. This time, it found a Corrupted Partition table
| which it then said it repaired. Awesome! Next reboot was greeted by
| the same black screen, so I figured the other partition was corrupt
| as well and let the repair tool run again and fix the partition
| table again. Reboot, same thing...


Vista scoots to new boot, but it's still kinda rooted

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| While Microsoft would like the world to believe that anyone running Windows
| has no need of any other operating system, that attitude doesn?t cut much
| mustard with many of its users.
| Why settle for one OS when your PC is easily capable of running two or
| more?
| [...]
| One of the more questionable tactics that Microsoft has implemented in
| Vista is to automatically overwrite any existing MBR during the
| installation process without asking if you mind or giving you an option
| to back up.
| Microsoft says that the Windows installation system can't intelligently
| interrogate an existing non-MS MBR, although such features are quite
| common in the install routine for other OSes.
| It also argues that an "official" Vista MBR is required for security
| features -- such as measured boot, which works with Trusted Platform
| Module (TPM)-enabled chips to check that the OS hasn't been hacked or
| altered each time it boots -- to work correctly.

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