"We do not expect to be changing the boot loader for existing installations, at least not at this time; this is an inherently risky operation. (Remember that we don't even automatically reinstall the boot loader when we upgrade to new versions of GRUB Legacy, let alone when changing to a complete reimplementation.)" - Colin Watson said in the official announcement.
This is a very good idea, and users of all Linux distributions should replace their old GRUB boot loaders with the next-generation GRUB 2 one, if they didn't already. Why? Simply, because GRUB wasn't updated since 1996 and it doesn't have support for today's BIOSes. But, let's see exactly what GRUB 2 will bring new to the table:
· Support for newer systems;
· Scripting support;
· Internationalization support;
· A new way to number partitions;
· Improved memory management;
· Cross-platform installation support;
· Graphical user interface;
· and many more.
And, talking about good news, we should let our readers know that EXT4 is already the default filesystem in the daily builds of Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala).
GRUB 2 in Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) Daily Build 20090609
Getting back to GRUB 2, those who want to see it in action, should know that it will be available in the daily builds, starting with today, June 9th. Even if it's not recommended, anxious Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) users or those who just want to test GRUB 2 without reinstalling their systems, can find detailed installation instructions here. Bugs can be reported here.
We, here at the Softpedia Labs, will keep you up-to-date with the new features of Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) in the next weeks or months. Until then, do not forget to visit our website on Thursday (June 11th) for our usual first look at the second alpha of the upcoming Ubuntu 9.10 operating system.