Ubuntu : Restore GRUB after Windows installation

Super Grub Disk

If you have booted your linux distro with Super Grub Disk, or a live CD and want to restore your grub, follow the below instructions:

  • As root (or with sudo), type grub
  • When at the grub prompt, type find /boot/grub/stage2
  • This will return something like (hd0,2)
  • To setup the boot partition boot type root (hd0,2). This is the harddrive and the partition your linux is installed on…
  • And then to configure grub type setup (hd0)
  • Now you’re done, so exit with quit

Interesting quote from Eric Raymond on Vista

“Vista won’t set the world on fire,” says open-source supporter Eric Raymond. “It will limp through 2007 looking lamer and lamer as it becomes evident that it’s not more than a glorified service pack, and one that completely fails to solve Microsoft’s security and reliability problems.”

Lets wait and see if he is right on that one…

Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 released

After waiting for so long (close to 2 years), Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 code named Debian Etch has been taken out of development cycle and is given the stable tag.

Some of the new features in Debian 4.0 are as follows :

  • A fully integrated installation process with out of the box support for encrypted partitions.
  • Graphical installer for those with enough memory for their PC
  • Use of secure apt to enhance security while installing software.
  • Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 now runs on even AMD64 and Intel EM64T (amd64) apart from 9 other architectures.
  • Now can be installed from various installation media such as DVDs, CDs, USB sticks and floppies, or from the network.
  • Support for multi-architecture installation disks.

Those who are using an earlier version of Debian need just do an

# apt-get update

and an

# apt-get dist-upgrade

… to move their Debian distribution to the latest version.

Another important news especially for people administering Debian servers is that the Debian team has also updated the official Debian 3.1 version to include some much needed security fixes. The official Debian website has the full press release regarding Debian 4.0.

Linux Partitioning with GParted

Of course, if you make a mistake, you can still destroy your data..

GParted is a free utility that allows you to partition your hard drive without destroying your data. It is a Linux program, but can be used to partition filesystems for Windows (FAT16, FAT32, NTFS) and Mac OS X (HFS, HFS+) as well.

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