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BURG stands for Brand-new Universal loadeR from GRUB. It's based on GRUB, and add features like new object format and configurable menu system.
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I found a lot of guides showing this but there was only one way to get this thing going for me! I could install but never actually have it work properly afterwards.

Installing BURG and Super Boot Manager
  1. Add the burg repositories to your lists by opening a terminal

    For Ubuntu 10.04 and 10.10 users, add the following PPA :
    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bean123ch/burg
    

    For Ubuntu 11.04, 11.10 and 12.04 users, add the following PPA:
    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/burg
    
  2. Then type the following into the CLI:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    

    This updates the repos, then we should install it:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install burg burg-themes
    

    Which will install BURG and a number of themes from the repositories.
  3. Next we should install BURG over GRUB:
    Code:
    sudo burg -install "(hd0)"
    

    For good measure I like to use this method instead:
    Code:
    sudo burg-install /dev/sda
    

    Replace /dev/sda which whichever the drive with your boot information on. If you're unsure about which that is then you need to check by downloading and installing GParted:
    Code:
    sudo  apt-get install gparted
    

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    The above image shows my sda drive as having the boot flag on one of it's partitions.

    Check through your drives and see which one has the "boot" flag. That's the drive you need to use.
  4. Now check it's working by typing:
    Code:
    burg-emu
    
  5. Now we need to install Super Boot Manager.

    Add this repository:
    Code:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ingalex/super-boot-manager
    

    and update...
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    

    12.04LTS

    If you're using 12.04 then it's not going to show up in the repositories because there isn't one for Precise just yet, so we need to edit the software sources. Go to System->Update manager->Settings

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    edit those two super boot manager sources to look like that. Only the last word of each one needs changing from precise to oneiric. Then update your repos again:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    
  6. Now we can install it:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install super-boot-manager
    

    When that's finished you can find it in System or type super-boot-manager into the terminal. We want the Burg-Manager!

You can find some handy settings in the parameters tabs such as "remove old kernel/menuentry" which gets rid of the old kernels menuentries (funnily enough tongue.gif) which makes the bootloader a little tidier and you can also remove the recovery images from the boot screens as well. Eventually you just want it so you have Windows and Linux, or whatever else you are running on there instead of lots of menu entries to stuff you're never going to use.

Changing the default OS to load

I also had a problem getting it to change the default OS to load. The option in SBM doesn't work. I did this instead:
Code:
sudo gedit /etc/default/burg

Look for this line around line 15:
Code:
#GRUB_SAVEDEFAULT=true

and uncommented it by removing the #
Code:
GRUB_SAVEDEFAULT=true

You need to run this into a terminal:
Code:
grep menuentry /boot/grub/grub.cfg

and make note of the Windows line. Mine looks like this:
Quote:
menuentry "Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)" --class windows --class os {

Then add or change this line in the burg document we're editing::
Code:
GRUB_DEFAULT

to:
Code:
GRUB_DEFAULT="Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)"

taking care to ensure you use the correct information we took form the grep command we run earlier. Save that document and then run this in a terminal
Code:
update-burg

You're set!

Sources:

http://askubuntu.com/questions/82928/how-to-make-windows-boot-first
http://www.unixmen.com/super-boot-manager-great-tool-to-manage-burg-grub2-and-plymouth-in-ubuntu/
http://code.google.com/p/burg/
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Burg
Edited by Rubers - 5/1/12 at 12:23pm
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Sure is pretty...to bad I'll probably screw it up somehow. Thanks for the guide anyway. thumb.gif
     
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It's all good! Follow the guide and you should be ok! I'll add a bit about restoring GRUB if you screw up later wink.gif
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Rookie, BURG is pretty easy to install. You don't even have to install SBM, I usually just install burg and treat it like Grub. Occasionally I'll go through the scripts and edit them to prob the systems in a different order (windows first, or whatever). Outside of that, it acts the same. It will default to your highest linux being done first and updates with a simple command just like grub2.
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So much flash for a screen you never see for more than 2 seconds kookoo.gif
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BURG stands for Brand-new Universal loadeR from GRUB. It's based on GRUB, and add features like new object format and configurable menu system.

I always thought Burg was just Grub backwards
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Rookie, BURG is pretty easy to install. You don't even have to install SBM, I usually just install burg and treat it like Grub. Occasionally I'll go through the scripts and edit them to prob the systems in a different order (windows first, or whatever). Outside of that, it acts the same. It will default to your highest linux being done first and updates with a simple command just like grub2.

SBM is neat, though and gives newbies like me handy options and teaches us about the commands or things we can do tongue.gif I wouldn't have known how to remove the recovery options and previous kernel's form the bootloader without this.

It's supposed to make adding new themes easier too but I think I got them all. I want an Xubuntu one but there's only Ubuntu and Kubuntu frown.gif
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So much flash for a screen you never see for more than 2 seconds kookoo.gif
tongue.gif 10 sec for me because I occasionally want to get into Windows (that time is getting less and less, though... Kind of warranting moving over more than 80GB for my Linux partition now). I'm just a big customisation buff. I have my desktop wallpaper all over . It's my BIOS boot screen, my BURG background and also on my smartphone biggrin.gif
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I always thought Burg was just Grub backwards

Probably is and they just super imposed that definition onto it to make it make sense biggrin.gif
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Great guide Rubers. I don't need it now but this may very well be handy in the future!

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Just did it on my VM as a test. Will be doing it on my desktop (and laptop) soon.

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