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Dual boot options in grub

Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:30 pm
by ud6
I install dual boot for friends quite regularly, but almost all want mint as a secondary option to try out or as a backup OS. Also, no one wants to wait 7 seconds on the dual boot menu.

My suggestion is that these are options when mint is being installed i.e. questions like:

Which OS do you wish to boot into as default:
1. Windows 10
2. Linux mint 19.0
3. Arch linux

(Basically it detects the OSs installed and allows you to determine which is default)

How long a delay do you want to wait on the boot menu (seconds). Recommended is 7 seconds. Press enter for default.
(Enter number of seconds)

This would enable first time users to set up a dual boot that they are comfortable with without having to start their linux experience by editing the grub file. I think would really help newbies that just aren't ready to mess up their whole grub loader on the first try of linux. Should be really easy to implement too.

Re: Dual boot options in grub

Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:36 pm
by deepakdeshp
This suggestions should go to the developers forum. I am not sure how to send it there.

Re: Dual boot options in grub

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:58 am
by xenopeek
In fact this is the right forum for making suggestions about Linux Mint.

Re: Dual boot options in grub

Posted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:12 pm
by rickNS
I do not see the default behavior of grub as problematic to most users. The "cost" of having to press down arrow to select another OS is a really, really small price to pay for such a wonderful piece of software. THANK YOU! GRUB DUDES!
first time users to set up a dual boot that they are comfortable with without having to start their linux experience by editing the grub file.
If for some reason someone does want to change this behavior it is a simple matter of changing a "0" to a "1" (or 2, 3 etc), Yes that is editing a file, but and should not be that big a deal.

And if that's not enough there is always more useless lines of code called grub customizer.

Since you are
install dual boot for friends quite regularly
should know this, and ask/do it for those whom it "bothers so much"

Re: Dual boot options in grub

Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:46 am
by administrollaattori
rickNS wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:12 pm
Since you are
install dual boot for friends quite regularly
should know this, and ask/do it for those whom it "bothers so much"
If that is an issue, my recommendation is NOT to install. :wink: