Burg is a brand-new boot loader based on GRUB. It uses a new object format which allows it to be built in a wider range of OS, including Linux/Windows/OSX/Solaris/FreeBSD, etc. It also has a highly configurable menu system which works in both text and graphic mode.
Mailing list: http://groups.google.com/group/burg-devel
If you install ubuntu using wubi, follow steps in this section. Otherwise, jump to the next section.
First, download the latest burg_wubi package from the download area, and extract to C:\ubuntu\ directory.
To enable graphic menu, download the latest burg-themes package from download area, and extract to C:\ubuntu\burg\ directory.
Then, copy C:\ubuntu\burg\wubildr to C:\ and overwrite the old file.
That's it, it will display BURG menu next time you start wubi from NT loader.
To restore the original loader, just copy C:\ubuntu\winboot\wubildr to C:\.
BTW, you may notice that all OS uses the unknown icon, this is because wubildr rely on /boot/grub/grub.cfg to add menu items, but grub.cfg don't have the --class option which is required to display OS icon properly. This is easy to fix. Login ubuntu, copy 10_lupin and 30_os-prober from /host/ubuntu/burg/ directory to /etc/grub.d/, then run update-grub to generate a new grub.cfg.
Here are the steps to install BURG using PPA package from launchpad.
1. Insert these lines to /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/bean123ch/burg/ubuntu lucid main
You should replace lucid with the correct code name. Currently the following release are supported: jaunty (9.04), karmic (9.10), lucid (10.04), maverick (10.10).
And install burg and related themes using these commands:
sudo apt-get update
If you want to avoid the warning about unknown signature, use these commands to import it:
gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv 55708F1EE06803C5
Then, install burg to MBR with the following command:
sudo burg-install /dev/sda
Change hd0 if you want to install to other disk.
2. Edit configuration file /etc/default/burg
For the latest version, you don't need to modify /etc/default/burg at all. If you upgrade from previous version, it's recommended to change the setting of GRUB_THEME and GRUB_FOLD to:
This allows you to change theme and folding options dynamically.
Here are the hot-keys defined in the boot menu:
Since 20100309 version, burg also supports grub2 theme. To try it, set GRUB_THEME to the name of the theme file, and run update-burg. Currently only one grub2 theme is available in burg-themes package:
3. Live preview themes in host OS
To preview the current configuration, use this command:
grub2 theme needs to access disk directly, to preview it, you need to add -D option:
sudo burg-emu -D
If you encounter issue with BURG, try the tips in Troubleshooting