How to install Burg boot loader in Ubuntu 11.04, 11.10 “Oneiric Ocelot” and LinuxMint

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. In this post we will show you how to install Burg in Ubuntu 11.04 , 11.10 “Oneiric Ocelot” and LinuxMint.


  • To Install Burg in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal, Ubuntu 11.10 “Oneiric Ocelot” and LinuxMint, Open termianl and enter the following commands :
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/burg sudo apt-get update  sudo apt-get install burg burg-themes
  • Now to make BURG integrate the HardDisk enter the following command in terminal:
 sudo burg-install "(hd0)"

Remember to substitute ‘hd0′ with the drive on which your MBR is installed.

  • Now update burg:
 sudo update-burg
  • Finally, run the following to test and set your theme:
sudo burg-emu


Press F2 To change theme .

Press F3 to change resolution

If you want to use another easy way to configue burg, you need to install Burg- manager, for this check our previuos post.

Here are the hot-keys defined in the boot menu:

  • t – Open theme selection menu
  • f – Toggle between folding mode
  • n – Jump to the next item with the same class
  • w – Jump to the next Windows item
  • u – Jump to the next Ubuntu item
  • e – Edit the command of current boot item
  • c – Open a terminal window
  • 2 – Open two terminal windows
  • h – Display help dialog (only available in sora theme)
  • i – Display about dialog (only available in sora theme)
  • q – Return to old grub menu
  • F5/ctrl-x – Finish edit
  • F6 – Switch window in dual terminal mode
  • F7 – List the folded boot items
  • F8 – Toggle between graphic and text mode
  • F9 – shutdown
  • F10 – reboot
  • ESC – quit from the current popup menu or dialog.

Useful Links: lffl.org/ , http://code.google.com/p/burg

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