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GRUB to BURG

Here is what your OS selection screen could look, tutorial how to achieve it by using Linux tools is bellow:

Warning: if you do something wrong, your system might not boot anymore, although I will show how to test it from running system and if it does not work (but should), how to revert changes back.

Here are steps you need to do:
1.  Go to synaptic and click Reload so you could by sure that packages is (or not) in your distribution repositories. It is on Bodhi.

2. Type in search bar super-boot, locate super-boot-manager and install it.

I did this on fresh Bodhi 1.2.1 Linux system without any updates, during install I had to download 53 packages. It should by a lot less for you.

3. Close opened windows (if any) such as buc and rmme. Close also Synaptic

4. Start program. On Bodhi Linux it is located in Main menu->Applications->System tools>Super-Boot-Manager

5. When you start program it will ask for password, enter it (if password is wrong, program will not start, and even not prompt that password was wrong). After you enter right password choose language, I have double clicked “English”. Now you should have this windows:

6. This program has more useful features, but now just click Burg-manager. You should see now this windows:

7. Now it is a VERY IMPORTANT step. You need to install burg it self, to a HDD in which there is GRUB. Yes that text based OS selector, which is installed by default in most distributions, you should see it when your PC starts.

Linux x.x.x

Linux x.x.x recovery

Memtest

Memtest2

Windows loader

Back to installation. If you have only one internal HDD and your PC is not from the newest, then it should by 95% /dev/sda. It should by selected by default. Click on button burg-install. It will open terminal and you will see some text running, wait for it to complete. Now you should see this window:

8. Click Y and then Enter. Wait for it to complete downloading and installation. Then you should see a blue windows, DO NOT write in it anything. Just click on your keyboard down, so selection would by on “OK“. Click enter. Now to that again, click on your keyboard down, so selection would by on “OK“. Click enter. Wait for terminal window to complete changes.

9. Now you  should see a new blue screen:

As I have previously mentioned you need to select HDD in which there is GRUB, if you have only one HDD, this will by showed same as above, so you will need just click ok, while selectin SDA. If you have more than one HDD or external HDD, it will by also displayed here, but will have different letters:

hda hda1 hda2 hdc hdd sda sda1 sda2 or something similar

10. After you clicked ok while selecting HDD (SDA mainly). You should see some text running in terminal again, after it completes, you should get prompt that task is done:

You can close that window or click “OK”.

11. Now go back to screen where there was a button “burg-install”. Close whole program (you need to reopen program, so you can alter some settings, if you do not close program, it might not see your other OS) and then start it again.

12. Now you can try to click  button “burg-emu” to test if it is working, IF IT IS NOT WORKING SEE END OF POST FOR REVERTING CHANGES. You should see now something similar, you can click F2 to select other theme or go to tab themes and double click them to download and install:

BURG IS INSTALLED IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE IT A BIT OR LEARN MORE CONTINUE READING

OPTIONAL STEPS FOR SOME TUNING

13. There is some settings which I also alter, It is your decision from now on to do them or not, if you change something, do not forget to click “Apply” in each tab.
First optional decision, which OS you want to by selected by default. For example I choose Linux for laptop, but change it to Windows on my desktop PC, also here you can change resolution of burg, this will make wallpaper (if any) a lot more nicer with bigger resolution:


In second tab of parameters you can change time you are given to choose OS, before it start automatically default one, I leave as it is, but you can do as you wish. In third tab is second change I do, and a very good one. I hide recovery mode, yes it might come handy some time, and you will not by able to use it, because it will not by there, but for some reason I do clean install instead of repairing Linux. So if you want to hide it, click “Enable” next to “GRUB_DISABLE_LINUX_RECOVERY”. Read carefully, you need to enable to disable, yes a bit funny.

14. That is all settings related to functionality, different themes has different display. Some show logo instead of OS name, some show only logo, some even show both. I used in video to show Sora Clean theme, which was a bit changed. In order to change theme:

Apply wanted theme. Go to /boot/burg/themes locate it in there and alter images. For example I used Sora clean, which uses files of Sora. I opened that directory as root (/boot/burg/themes/sora) and opened background.png with gimp, then I altered as I wanted, or you can just replace it with same format and resolution other picture.

Burg for now does not recognize some OS, in order to show logo you want, open theme and read it to find out from where it takes pictures. Some had them in their folder and some use shared icon (/boot/burg/themes/icons).
So locate icon which is shown for your OS and replace it with your wanted. For example Bodhi is recognized as Ubuntu, well it is build on it’s base. So I just opened grey_ubuntu.png and large_ubuntu.png  and changed them:

STEPS TO REMOVE BURG IF BURG-EMU DOES NOT WORKED

REVERT IT BACK TO GRUB

Simply go to tab named “Remove burg” and click buttons “Remove Burg” and that make sure it is restored click even “Restore Grub”.

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