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    Question syslinux vs grub

    Hi,

    What is the main difference between syslinus and grub loader? Is there any special scenario where one should choose syslinux instead of grub as bootloader and vice versa?

    thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiLo View Post
    Hi,

    What is the main difference between syslinus and grub loader? Is there any special scenario where one should choose syslinux instead of grub as bootloader and vice versa?

    thank you
    If you want to install a Linux distribution on a local drive, use GRUB. If you want to create a bootable media, use Syslinux. This is not a general recipe, as you can use Syslinux on local installs, but only if you have a good reason or simply want to experiment.

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    As a side note, I just found a way to erase a GPT with dd. Please note that this is gonna be a while on large disks. First, you do dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda count=2. But the problem is that GPT data is stored also at the end of the disk, so we will have to find how many sectors there are. That's done with fdisk -s /dev/sda (number of sectors) . So then do "dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda seek=number_of_sectors - 20 bs=1k".

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