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18 May 2011, 15:23

GRUB 1.99 enables booting from Btrfs and ZFS partitions

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GNU Logo The latest release of the Grand Unified Bootloader (GRUB), version 1.99, allows systems to be booted from Btrfs and ZFS partitions. This enables users to completely switch their system to Btrfs – the file system that has been hailed as the future standard for Linux – and allows them to dispense with the Ext boot partition previously required for system start-up.

Further changes affect the available tools and add internal improvements. For instance, the developers of the GRUB Script scripting language have included elements such as for and while loops and various logical operators. More details can be found in the mailing list release announcement.

The modular and portable GRUB boot loader supports a variety of platforms. In addition to traditional BIOS-based PCs, it supports, for example, x86 EFI systems, IEEE 1275 platforms such as the OLPC project's notebooks, and various PowerPC/SPARC64 devices as well as coreboot systems.

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