How to Install Burg Boot Loader in Ubuntu 13.04 and LinuxMint

How to Install Burg Boot Loader in Ubuntu 13.04 and LinuxMint


Burg is a boot loader based on GRUB. It uses a new object format which allows it to be built in a wider range of OS, including Linux/Windows/OSX/Solaris/FreeBSD etc. It also has a highly configurable menu system which works in both text and graphic mode. In this post we will show you how to install Burg boot loader in Ubuntu 13.04 ‘Raring Ringtail’ and LinuxMint, this also works with previous releases of Ubuntu and LinuxMint.

To install Burg on Ubuntu 13.04 and LinuxMint, open a terminal and run the following commands (This will install Burg and Burg themes):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/burg
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install burg burg-themes

During the installation of Burg, you will get many screens as described below:

Click OK to continue.

Burg1Click OK to continue.Burg2Click OK to continue.Burg3Now press SPACE on your keyboard to select and press OK.

Burg4Now the installation is complete.

To make Burg integrate with the hard-disk, enter the following command in a terminal (Remember to substitute ‘hd0′  with the drive on which your MBR is installed):

sudo burg-install "(hd0)"

Burg5If no errors reported when using the above command, then this means Burg installed successfully.

We just need to update Burg:

 sudo update-burg

Burg6Finally, run the following to test and set your theme:

sudo burg-emu

Burg7Press F2 to change theme.

Press F3 to change resolution.

Here are the hot-keys defined in the boot menu:

T – Open theme selection menu
F – Toggle between folding mode
N – Jump to the next item with the same class
W – Jump to the next Windows item
U – Jump to the next Ubuntu item
E – Edit the command of current boot item
C – Open a terminal window
2 – Open two terminal windows
H – Display help dialog (only available in sora theme)
I – Display about dialog (only available in sora theme)
Q – Return to old grub menu
F5/CTRL-X – Finish edit
F6 – Switch window in dual terminal mode
F7 – List the folded boot items
F8 – Toggle between graphic and text mode
F9 – shutdown
F10 – reboot
ESC – quit from the current popup menu or dialog.

If you have question or you need help installing Burg in Linux, please post your questions in our Question/Answers Forum Thanks.

  • Abimo Corde


  • Brandon Golway

    Burg is hardly brand new considering it’s been out since January of 2010 lol

  • Adrian Wechner

    does it take more time to boot with Burg or the same?

  • sharel legaspi

    How do you install it in a UEFI system?

  • Cary Hartline

    It’s new compared to Grub2.

  • kkjdroid

    And Debian is new compared to DOS, that doesn’t make it brand new.

  • Chris Brandstetter

    Thing to remember is that Burg is no longer being developed. It is a dead project. All the code in the main repository for it is dated 2010, as is the devel mailing list and the last patch on launchpad was in 2011. I would not recommend this at all.

  • Burg IS alive and not dead

    Those of you who are saying that Burg stopped being active on 2010 are stupid. It seems Burg has been in development since 2011 all the way up to four weeks ago. If you don’t believe me check it out for your self.

  • Adonis K. (Varemenos)

    What are you talking about?

  • Nova

    I wonder if there is a way to create your own themes.

  • aardvark4lunch

    Best guide I’ve seen. Had problems with the others. This one’s great.

  • Бојан Јосифовић

    Grate job. Tnx.

  • Hansol

    This doesn’t work!

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