Best way to make machine multi-boot

Warren Block wblock at
Fri Dec 13 03:31:30 UTC 2013

On Thu, 12 Dec 2013, Frank Leonhardt wrote:

> On 11/12/2013 16:43, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm using GRUB2 since there was the thought that GRUB2 could boot
>> FreeBSD directly, but I ended up with a chainload. However, even
>> when using a sane bootloader, such as syslinux, I would use the
>> bootloader from Linux and if possible chainload FreeBSD and drop
>> Windows completely. I used Windows for testing hardware. MBR IMO is a
>> good choice, I at least use MBR. IOW, I don't know what can be used,
>> but I know that at least GRUB2 does the job, when used from a Linux
>> install and when manually editing grub.cfg and the HDDs use MBR.
>> I guess I should drop the set default line too, I didn't spend much
>> work to write grub.cfg.
>> The snipped menu entries are many Linux installs.
> <snip>
> Thanks Ralf. I was hoping someone would have the exact runes to get all the 
> BSDs, Linux and Indiana to co-exist on one drive but on your suggestion, I'll 
> start with GRUB and see how I get on unless anyone else can chip in.

There's Syslinux, but I've only used it for PXE.

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