GRUB2 Bootloader Editor v0.4.5

After about a month, a new version of the GRUB2 Editor is available, offering 2 new cool features:

Remove Old Entries:

Remove Old Entries

If your boot list has grown too big, you now are able to remove old, unneeded entries from the very same UI that you use to manage your GRUB settings. No need to fire up your package manager and search for some weirdly named packages: just select the entries you don’t want and remove them! This feature is still experimental but is known to work smoothly on Kubuntu; other distributions have not been tested yet.

Provide list of valid GRUB resolutions:

Provide list of valid GRUB resolutions

The other cool feature introduced in 0.4.5 is detection of valid GRUB resolutions. To get a list of GRUB supported resolutions for your setup would require to reboot, enter the GRUB command line and type ‘vbeinfo’. Quite nasty compared to launching the GRUB Editor and selecting a resolution, huh? Damn, you will miss all the dirty work. ;-)

Other features include the simplification of the default-entry-picking and resolutions-picking UI (as can be seen in the screenshots above), variable substitution using ‘echo’ (Debian/Kubuntu users will no longer see `lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian` but the result of this command), a couple of minor fixes in the splash image creation dialog, and last but not least unified save and update actions (you will asked for your password only once when saving – makes more sense).

Don’t forget that packages exist for the following distributions:

  • Arch Linux
  • Fedora 14 (Laughlin)
  • Mandriva 2010.1 (Farman)
  • openSUSE 11.4
  • openSUSE Factory
  • Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat)

For Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) search for the kde-config-grub2 package in the official universe repository. It may be outdated though, so feel free to use the maverick package.

Just visit our KDE-Apps.org page for more info on how to get the new version. Enjoy :-)

Changelog Quote:

v.0.4.5 (29/04/2011)
——————–
*ADDED: Remove old entries (using QApt or QPackageKit).
*FIXED: Simplify the default-entry-picking UI.
*ADDED: Provide list of valid GRUB resolutions.
*FIXED: Simplify [GRUB & Linux] resolution picking UI.
*ADDED: Perform variable substitution and unquoting using ‘echo’.
*FIXED: Suggest GRUB’s resolution when creating a splash image.
*FIXED: Query ImageMagick for supported mimetypes.
*FIXED: Merge save and update actions.
*FIXED: Polishing all around the codebase.

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11 thoughts on “GRUB2 Bootloader Editor v0.4.5

  1. That’s pretty awesome. The default on Fedora for a while has been not to show the grub screen, but if I ever want it to, I’ll use this program to customize it. So much easier than the old text file editing way.

  2. Fedora still uses GRUB Legacy, not GRUB2, so this will not work under Fedora.

    For those screen resolutions, the kernel resolution should always be “unspecified” on modern KMS-enabled systems, Plymouth will automatically set a proper resolution using kernel modesetting (KMS). If you pass the kernel some vga= line (which, I presume, is what that dropdown does), you will get a VESA framebuffer instead of the native KMS one.

    • Yeah, GRUB Legacy is still the default, but since it is no longer developed, it will be replaced by GRUB2 sooner or later.

      It’s a special setting in GRUB2 called GRUB_GFXPAYLOAD_LINUX, it doesn’t append vga=foo to the kernel arguments as far as I know.

  3. AFAIK some Windows programs can interfere with GRUB2 in a way that makes the system unbootable (specially programs with DRM). That didn’t happen with GRUB.
    Unless devs change that nobody is gonna risk to install GRUB2 on their systems.

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    • You are talking about Ubuntu? I’m not sure if “boot in text mode” will disable plymouth, but you should try to add the ‘noplymouth’ option under Advanced > Linux Kernel Arguments > Normal/All Entries. This definitely stops plymouth.

  5. Sorry for the newbie question… But can I have a dual boot with windows 7 and still use that application? I want win to star by default or whatever. I just want that that organized!!!

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