Simplify GRUB tweaks with Startup Manager

Tired of manually tweaking your GRUB menu.lst to add a new system, or even just change the theme, only to have your system not boot because you made a typo? Well, those days are over, or they can be, with Startup Manager.

Startup Manager, for Debian or a derivative (such as Ubuntu), allows you to load your GRUB menu into a simplified interface to edit, and then save it back when you are done.

Every option known to GRUB (and update-grub) appears to be available in this application. That includes everything from passwords, timeouts, and kernel limits, to colors, themes, and boot resolutions. As an added bonus, the bootup usplash theme can be edited.

That's all there is to it. The advantage of using a graphical interface for tasks such as this means that it impossible (hopefully!) to make a typo or syntax error in the file and have to boot into a CD to rescue the system. However, in the event that you do mess something up, Startup Manager also offers an option to create a rescue floppy. Sorry, no rescue CD, but for something like that you might try out the Ultimate Boot CD.

Just another application to make your life easier.

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Jacob is a web developer, student, and programmer from Ohio. He is a staff member at the Ubuntu Forums and is most likely a fanboy of the distribution. He loves to write in code and words, play video games, and rant about topics most would have abandoned long ago. Jacob uses GNOME and is never seen running stable software, much to the demise of his laptop.

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Discussion: Simplify GRUB tweaks with Startup Manager

  1. mrosedale (guest)

    # Posted on 04 November 2008 at 03:03 PM

    I will agree that it is the most annoying thing to make a simple typo and find a system that won't boot. I will certainly make use of this tool.

    But I also have to say that menu.lst is one of the easiest configuration files out there.

  2. # Posted on 04 November 2008 at 09:28 PM

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  3. atlantic (guest)

    # Posted on 27 December 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Can you please tell me which desktop theme are you using? What is this nice window border, and color scheme? Thanks in advance.

  4. Jacob (guest)

    # Posted on 27 December 2008 at 04:36 PM


    It's the Dust theme and was one of the candidates for inclusion in Ubuntu 8.10 previously. It's currently available in the <a href="" rel="nofollow">community-themes</a> package.

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