I have got to stop agreeing with you all the time Mike!
Again you are right, grub is akin to windows boot loader, but although I hardly ever use windows these days I think the difference between the two is that what windows used to provide as a default boot menu bore some resemblance to what was actually on the computer whereas grub2 provides unalterable garbage! On each install it identifies Ubuntu as Linux Mint (which is pretty confusing as I have both installed), Sidux is identified as Debian and Pclinux was not identified at all it just sticks a kernel number in the 'title' line - very informative! It also insists that I have two copies of Windows installed - I am embarrassed enough to own up to having one never mind two
Add to that the fact that it uses uuid's by default and I don't wish to, then about a dozen other slightly less irritating 'features' and I feel pretty well compelled to alter it somehow.
Yet another point of agreement is that third party providers will probably end up developing a gui to deal with grub2. Startupmanager is a beginning, but it has a very long way to go to meet my desires.
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