How to replace GRUB with BURG on Linux Mint 11

GRUB, the GRand Unified Bootloader, has been the default boot loader on virtually all Linux distributions since LILO (LInux LOader) lost its shine. LILO is still an option in only a handful of distributions (Mandriva is one), but on most, GRUB is the sole boot loader. GRUB’s menu has a very bland interface, and BURG is an attempt to prettify it, spice it up a bit. BURG is based on GRUB, and you can say the acronym is derived from GRUB spelled backwards or cobbled from Brand-new Universal loadeR from GRUB.

Whatever BURG means, by installing it in place of GRUB, you go from this …

To this.

And if you are dual-booting with Windows, to this.

If this appeals to you, follow these simple steps to get it done. It all requires typing commands at a shell terminal, but trust me, it is very basic stuff. So, launch a shell terminal from the menu (Menu > Terminal), and for the first command, type:

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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/burg (Add BURG’s repository to your /etc/sources.list file. Courtesy of Nate Muench)

Followed by (Resynchronize package index files):
sudo apt-get update

And finally, by (Install BURG and its components):
sudo apt-get install burg burg-common burg-themes burg-themes-common burg-emu burg-pc

To complete the last command, the system will need your input. When you see this window, just press Enter or the Return key on the keyboard

Same here.

And here.

For this one, use the space bar to select the disk where you have GRUB installed. Then, press Enter. On a single disk system, there will be just one choice.

After the last command has completed successfully, reboot the computer and you will see your new boot loader’s menu. There are about a dozen themes installed by default. Use the F2 key to switch themes. Note, that while this was written for Linux Mint 11, you can use the same commands to replace GRUB with BURG on Ubuntu 11.04 or any other Ubuntu-based distribution.

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