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Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 11:51 am
by blevo
what? oh. I'm typing. anyone else like random? I'm a fancier. So I was wondering if it is possible to:

setup GRUB (I guess) so one could boot into whatever system fate chose.

What do you think? And how would one go about doing that ya think?


thankyou internet, and Goodnight from the az.

PS. If you didn't understand this post please ask your question so I can explain it better to you (if I find the time).
PPS. You see I'm not a fan(cier) of typing. So...

Re: Random

Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:13 pm
by skippingdiscman
If you're referring to running a multiple OS box and using the GRUB loader to choose between different OS's upon boot-up, this forum should point you in the right direction. ... 5-and.html

I'm running Linux Mint 6, Windoze XP, and 98 all on the same 160G drive using GRUB as my boot loader. Just make sure that you leave enough drive space for all the OS's you want to use.

hope this helps

Re: Random

Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 10:48 pm
by Kaye
I think he's already dual-booting and wants grub to randomly select an OS for him each time he restarts. I don't know how to do that, but I'm willing to bet it can be done by editing /boot/grub/menu.lst. I would venture a guess that it might be possible to make the default selection random and then simply have no timeout so it selects the default immediately. That is all probably wrong, just speculation.

Re: Random

Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:46 pm
by DrHu
blevo wrote:setup GRUB (I guess) so one could boot into whatever system fate chose.
Random answer...

Fate you say, then that is not a computer

Unless you were thinking about the Starship Enterprise..
Please give me all the sensor data for the last 2 days sorted by weapons scans
Calculating, data avilable in 1 minute..
Display on main screen
Displaying data

Re: Random

Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:02 pm
by blevo
yep... you guys got it. I'm wondering if GRUB can be setup to randomly start up an OS on it's list

Re: Random

Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:35 pm
by emorrp1
I'm going to guess no on this one. I will however offer a way to simulate it (pretty much like kaye was saying, at a high level description, it's up to you to implement it) Presumably you know how many OSs and hence how many entries you have on your own machine. Write a script that randomly generates a number between 0 and that number, loads up /boot/grub/menu.lst (on the partition that controls the grub) and changes the default to the random number. Set this script to load on boot in each OS, and voila, a random boot sequence, enjoy :/