Friday, September 19, 2008

Menu.lst ready to offer all six Linux OSes from usb HDD

Well, this long-delayed task is finally complete and I can once again see all 10 Linux OSes in my Grub menu -- six of which are actually on my Seagate 250 GB usb drive.
In reality this wasn't really difficult but three of the externally-stored OSes referred to the usb drive as /dev/sdax rather than the expected /dev/sdbx.
The one problem I found in trying to install these six OSes was that wireless just doesn't work as cleanly in Linux as it does in OS X. In fact, the only OS that was able to see my wireless network was Sabayon.
Additionally, I had problems updating two of these; LinuxMint updated but ran into a last minute problem when it refused to commit the updates as either there was a download error or committing would break some packages.
No sure how to get around this and may have to re-install Mint.
Also, it seems that I just don't know how to do an update in Sabayon but here's an article that should help me.

Nevertheless, I now have once again a total of 10 Linux OSes that I can boot to from this simple menu. And they all boot cleanly.
So, to avoid losing this precious /boot/grub/menu.lst information, I'm going to print all the relevant parts here so it'll always be available:

splashimage (hd0,8)/boot/grub/splashimages/xyz.xpm.gz

title ********************Operating systems on Internal HDD****************************

title Ubuntu 8.04.1, kernel 2.6.24-19-generic
root (hd0,8)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-19-generic root=UUID=5b844c98-97e8-4cad-b051-32ddd40f02ad ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-19-generic

title Foresight Linux
root (hd0,2)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz- ro vga=0x317 root=LABEL=/
initrd /boot/initrd-

title openSUSE 11.0
root (hd0,4)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz- root=/dev/sda5 resume=/dev/sda11 #splash=silent showopts vga=0x314
initrd /boot/initrd-

title Sidux 2008-2 Erebos, kernel 2.6.25-9.slh.1-sidux-686
root (hd0,6)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.25-9.slh.1-sidux-686 root=UUID=0adeb796-dd19-4af9-bad7-bcebfea68264 ro vga=791
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.25-9.slh.1-sidux-686

title ********************Operating systems on External HDD****************************

title PCLinuxOS
root (hd0,8)
kernel /boot/pclos/vmlinuz- BOOT_IMAGE=linux root=/dev/sda3 acpi=on resume=/dev/sdb1 splash=silent vga=788
initrd /boot/pclos/initrd-

title Fedora (2.6.25-14.fc9.i686)
root (hd0,8)
kernel /boot/fedora/vmlinuz-2.6.25-14.fc9.i686 ro root=/dev/sda15 rhgb quiet
initrd /boot/fedora/initrd-2.6.25-14.fc9.i686.img

title MEPIS newest kernel
root (hd0,8)
kernel /boot/mepis/vmlinuz root=/dev/sdb7 nomce quiet splash vga=791 resume=/dev/sdb1
initrd /boot/mepis/initrd.img

title Linux Mint 4.0 KDE CE, kernel 2.6.22-14-generic
root (hd0,8)
kernel /boot/mint/vmlinuz-2.6.22-14-generic root=/dev/sdb9 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/mint/initrd.img-2.6.22-14-generic

title Mandriva desktop586
root (hd0,8)
kernel /boot/mandriva/vmlinuz- BOOT_IMAGE=desktop586_2.6.24.5-2mnb root=/dev/sda12 resume=/dev/sda1 splash=silent vga=788
initrd /boot/mandriva/initrd-

title Sabayon Linux x86 3.4 Standard Edition
root (hd0,8)
kernel /boot/sabayon/kernel-genkernel-x86-2.6.22-sabayon root=/dev/ram0 ramdisk=8192 real_root=/dev/sdb13 quiet init=/linuxrc splash=silent,theme:sabayon vga=791 CONSOLE=/dev/tty1 pci=nomsi
initrd /boot/sabayon/initramfs-genkernel-x86-2.6.22-sabayon

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