Third-party ap­pli­ca­tions

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A gen­er­alised mod­u­lar ar­chi­tec­ture al­lows de­vel­op­ers to re­lease ap­pli­ca­tions, mak­ing it eas­ier for end users to edit and play around with Grub2. Cur­rently, there are a num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions avail­able for edit­ing Grub2. Here are three such ap­pli­ca­tions.

Grub2 boot loader edi­tor: This is a KDE sys­tem add-on and graph­ics front-end for edit­ing and cus­tomis­ing Grub2. This soft­ware add-on lets you man­age Grub2 en­tries, timeout sec­onds, man­age de­fault en­tries, and man­age ker­nel

Grub2 boot loader edi­tor lets you cre­ate and man­age Grub2 Splashes with easy to fol­low steps. The best part is that with just a sin­gle click, you can even restore Grub2. The Grub2 boot loader edi­tor is one handy tool for man­ag­ing Grub2.

Grub2 KCM: An­other KDE sys­tem set­tings add-on, Grub2 KCM of­fers a stripped down set-up wizard. Though not as fancy as the boot­loader edi­tor, Grub2 KCM al­lows you to man­age and up­date ba­sic func­tion­al­ity.

Start-up man­ager: Touted to be the most widely used un­like the above two, which acts as an add-on to KDE sys­tems set­tings. Start-up man­agers of­fer a large num­ber of gen­eral the legacy Grub, Grub2, Splashy and Uslpash. Un­for­tu­nately, de­vel­op­ment for this soft­ware has come to a halt.

Grub2 comes with a new and ro­bust tech­nol­ogy, and pro­vides users with a more so­phis­ti­cated en­vi­ron­ment to work with. The mod­u­lar ap­proach and a more stream­lined cus­tomi­sa­tion sys­tem are added ad­van­tages. Though still un­der heavy de­vel­op­ment, users can get the sources and use it.

With the halt in the legacy Grub’s de­vel­op­ment, it is pretty clear that the fu­ture of the GNU boot­loader is Grub2. But even though it’s ready for main­stream use, dis­tro ven­dors have stuck to the legacy Grub. Right now, apart from Ubuntu and Fe­dora, Grub2 does not have many tak­ers.

comes com­plex­ity, and that seems to be the case with the Grub2 set-up. Grub2 will sooner or later be­come the main­stream boot loader, so if you want to try out the top-of-the-line and most se­cure boot­ing en­vi­ron­ment, do give it a try.

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