The Parrot OS grub menu offers many different options when you’re trying to boot your machine, but it can be daunting to know what each of these options actually mean and how they affect your machine once you boot up. To help you get started, we’ve included explanations of some of the more common grub menu options here so that you know what they mean and how they will affect your computer when you boot it up. A guide to the Parrot OS grub menu
Getting into Grub
The GNU GRUB (GRand Unified Bootloader) has been around since January 1997, and despite its relative age it is still one of the most popular bootloaders on Linux distributions. One reason for GRUB’s popularity is its feature set, which allows it to be used as a bootloader not only for BIOS-based systems but also for other platforms, including UEFI.
Grub Menu Options Explained
The first thing you’ll see when your computer boots is a boot menu which allows you to control how your computer starts. If you’re not familiar with it, here’s a brief rundown of what each option does. Also, if any special key combinations (like hitting Shift or Control) are mentioned, they can be found above F1 and on/near F9.
Parrot is a light-weight distribution, so our bootloader (grub) is minimal. This allows for easier use and configuration, but some users may find it difficult when looking for specific options. Here’s an easy-to-follow reference of what each option does in our boot menus.
Booting from USB
This is an extremely useful option if you want to run your operating system on a computer where it’s not already installed. Be aware that you will need a bootable USB flash drive or memory card, and that once created, it will only be bootable with a computer that supports booting from USB. If you have no way of creating one yourself, check out what I have available for sale here!
Setting Default Operating Systems
In order to set which operating system you would like your computer to boot into by default, you must first open a terminal window. Once that is done, you need to mount your hard drive partition where you’d like Linux Mint or any other Ubuntu-based operating system installed. To do so, use the following command: sudo mount /dev/sdaX /mnt Replace X with whatever letter corresponds with your Linux partition.
Adding Windows 7 UEFI Bootloader
If you are installing Windows 7 onto a UEFI based machine, there is a chance that Windows won’t recognize your drive and will use its own bootloader instead. This is a known issue with some older versions of Microsoft’s installer, but it can be resolved by adding a new bootloader. The following instructions show how to do just that.
The kernel line lets you configure lots of settings for your hardware and its configuration. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the more useful options
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