website at www.easy2boot.com.
This thread is to discuss how the Easy2Boot (as it is currently called) grub4dos multiboot USB drive project can be developed, enhanced and improved.
The idea (from sambul61) is to create a multiboot USB drive to which the novice user can easily and quickly add any boot image he or she wants to their multiboot USB drive.
All that is needed is the correct grub4dos menu mnu file and the 'payload' file (an ISO in most cases). We, at reboot.pro can easily provide the required grub4dos menu file (called xxxxx.mnu for Easy2Boot) and so can provide a bank of these mnu files which can be kept up to date.
This project is similar to the grub4dos grub4dos, .iso images and (hd32) or (0xFF) mapping topic, but Easy2Boot will apply to any type of bootable binary that can be booted via grub4dos (or possible from grub4dos via syslinux) and will provide a .mnu file which the user simply copies to his Easy2Boot USB drive (no editing of their menu.lst required).
The user can delete the 'payload' files and leave the mnu files on the drive - the relevant menu entries will NOT appear on the user menu until the user chooses to add back on the payload file.
Working and tested .mnu files can be posted at http://reboot.pro/16426/ (note that it is NOT a discussion thread - please use this thread for any any discussion).
Some points for discussion are (amongst others):
1. Is the name Easy2Boot OK? (if not we need to change it quickly)?
2. Do you think the idea will catch on and encourage multiboot newbies to have a go (and will you contribute mnu files with a few instructions for your favourite bootable binary?) - or is cut and paste and editing a menu.lst file not really that hard (even for a newbie)?
3. Is the choice of /_ISO for the main folder OK (again if not we need to change it quickly)?
4. What would make the best, generic, foolproof (multi-national) USER.mnu (the default menu settings) - currently I have this set to a UK kbd and a 'borrowed' background image just for test purposes.
5. Would someone like to donate a royalty free splashimage (maybe with Easy2Boot printed across it and reboot.pro?)
Please try out this tutorial and see how this process works (or doesn't) and report back!