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Standard User AdrianPH
(regular) Sat 19-Dec-15 08:33:31
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Oops, log in to Linux without credentials.


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Who needs a password, tap tap login

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Standard User micksharpe
(legend) Sat 19-Dec-15 08:52:29
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I never liked GRUB. crazy

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Standard User dandnsmith
(experienced) Sat 19-Dec-15 11:03:29
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If you can do that, it argues that you can access the physical box, and get access by other means too, I think

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Standard User TinyMongomery
(experienced) Sat 19-Dec-15 12:28:43
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Yep. Once you can access the box it is trivial to view the contents of any disks, or to boot a Linux distribution. Same goes for Windows, OS X, you name it.
Standard User caffn8me
(knowledge is power) Sat 19-Dec-15 21:01:32
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Disk encryption has a lot to recommend it.

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Standard User TinyMongomery
(experienced) Sat 19-Dec-15 21:25:45
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And, as I understand it, would defeat this "bug". (I always thought it was dead easy to get to a Grub command line with far less keystrokes than this, but who knows).

The fact that disk encryption is so good is also it's Achilles heel. I lose count of the posts I've seen where someone can't access an encrypted disk because of some small error.
Standard User Kaufhof
(experienced) Sun 20-Dec-15 12:17:31
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Did anyone?

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Standard User TinyMongomery
(experienced) Sun 20-Dec-15 15:11:45
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What do you suggest instead to boot a Linux installation?

(And, yes, I love GRUB - it's a great bit of software.)
Standard User Kaufhof
(experienced) Mon 21-Dec-15 10:23:06
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But hardly user-friendly, in my opinion, and one of the things which frightens some people away from Linux.

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Standard User TinyMongomery
(experienced) Mon 21-Dec-15 10:35:29
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If you have a single-boot setup you won't even see GRUB. If you have a dual-boot setup it means you have to select one from a menu of two options. And it's a damn site easier to configure (and a lot more versatile) than the latest Windows boot loader. Certainly not the most unfriendly software that I have ever used.

And, I repeat - if you don't use GRUB how else are you going to boot Linux?
Standard User Lethe
(fountain of knowledge) Mon 21-Dec-15 14:22:56
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LILO?

Slackware default, and it just works out the box and is easy to configure.

GRUB is/was another one of these things that instead of keeping everything simple (one job, one task) gets overly complicated very quickly until it is almost alien.

Nick
Standard User TinyMongomery
(experienced) Mon 21-Dec-15 15:17:26
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Lilo has a number of significant restrictions compared to GRUB. It's configuration files are just as complicated as GRUB's. It is considerably more fragile than GRUB and it is much more difficult to recover a corrupt Lilo setup. Having experienced this problem with both bootloaders I'll go for GRUB every time.

But I think we are wandering further and further off topic.
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