October 11, 2012

What is the difference between grub and syslinux?

What is the difference between grub and syslinux?

If you want to install a Linux distribution on a local drive, use GRUB. If...

If you want to install a Linux distribution on a local drive, use GRUB. If you want to create a bootable media, use Syslinux. This is not a general recipe, as you can use Syslinux on local installs.

Syslinux isn’t a single bootloader, rather it is a collection of lightweight bootloaders. SYSLINUX is a boot loader for the Linux operating system which runs on an MS-DOS/Windows FAT filesystem. It is intended to simplify first-time installation of Linux, and for creation of rescue and other special purpose boot disks.

GRUB was initially developed by Erich Boleyn as part of work on booting the operating system GNU/Hurd, developed by the Free Software Foundation. In 1999, Gordon Matzigkeit and Yoshinori K. Okuji made GRUB an official software package of the GNU Project and opened the development process to the public.

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