Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58
I played around with Linux for a little while and the main thing I found to make things easier is to totally avoid the use of Grub
If you use the advanced install option you can ensure that the boot files are loaded onto the actual Linux partition, and leave the boot partition alone completely.
That's the best course of action - except for when one isn't paying attention during installation and forgets to do it
It is then a fairly simple task to use easyBCD to set-up the loading from within the Windows loader.
Yep, even if Grub overrides the MBR, EasyBCD can re-write the MBR and then you can add the Grub loader to the MBR.
But Suses's Loader does look kind of nice
Ubuntu 9.10 also has the WUBI option which sets up the Linux as a type of bootable VHD and thus also avoids Grub
Not a big fan of the WUBI install method. I personally prefer the native ext4 file system for speed vs a NTFS VHD. That's just my personal preference though. Plus wiping a sour distro install is as easy as wiping a partition. Not to mention satisfying
(however a little sprinkling of MBR repair can sometimes be a minor issue