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.

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