Ubuntu 10.04 Boot Sequence

Just installed Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx (a Linux Operating System) – but want to default boot into Windows (or your alternate OS)?

Many people struggle to change the boot sequence on this version of Ubuntu, because this version uses Grub 2 – a newer version of the Grub boot loader.

Okay, technical details aside, it’s really easy to change the boot sequence.

This is what you need to do:

1. When the bootup menu pops up asking which operating system you would like to boot into, note the position of the Windows option (e.g. on my computer, it is on the 5th position).
2. Let the default Linux operating system log in (this would happen automatically
2. Once you enter your Ubuntu username and password (if you have set a password), and come to welcome screen, go to

Applications > Accesories > Terminal

3. In the terminal, key in this magic formula (this will lead you to the file you need to modify):

sudo gedit /boot/grub/grub.cfg

(You may be prompted to enter a password for permission to change this file. Enter your regular login password)

4. Look for the line which reads as follows:

set default=”0″

5. Change the “0” to the position of your Windows login
(Since the list is numbered starting 0, subtract 1 from the position of Windows login. E.g. Since my Windows login is on position #5, I would set this to:

6. Press the save button (or Ctrl-S)

7. Restart your computer, and you should be good to go!

Hope you find this helpful!

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5 features Ubuntu needs to compete

Though I dearly love Ubuntu, and many of its features make windows seem obsolete…
But no matter how much I’d like to bid Windows adieu… there are reasons I need to still hang on to Windows – and no, its not just because of Word.

1. IE Compatibility
It’s tiresome to go online and find a site (turbotax, netflix, web outlook…) which doesn’t work well with firefox – especially linux based firefox. Sure there are workarounds and spoofs, but that’s not a system working out of the box.

2. Multimedia experience
Ubuntu has some really neat multimedia features. Compiz Fusion adds mouthwatering features to your desktop – allowing you to rotate it like a cube for example.
But when I plug in an HDMI cable to connect a big screen tv, windows still supports the extension much better. My nVidia ubuntu driver asks for a restart, but doesn’t do anything even after that.
DRM support is not present, which means the music industry leaves Linux users with no form of entertainment. No rhapsody to go.

3. Application Setup
It takes a whole lot of effort to get some apps to work. Skype, for example, needs a whole lot of tweaking and driver upgrades before it can work. For an app that needs speakers and a mic for basic functionality, setup should not be so difficult.
The soundcard drivers and programs, though feature rich, are not seamlessly integrated yet.

4. Much needed Applications
Some applications are altogether missing linux support. For example, no iTunes, no Microsoft Office are completely missing (sure the MS Office issue has been beaten to death – but really, at least give us an application that formats word documents accurately!) – and I’m not even talking hit games like GTA.
And yes, Wine can help get some things working. But any serious OS can’t rely on workarounds.

5. Teething issues
Linux is lightweight, and efficient. Not!
That’s what I always believed, until I wondered why my computer was so sluggish, when all I was doing was browsing the internet. Turns out, the Adobe Flash plugin on linux is a resource hog. Even if its just pandora playing, or Rhapsody online, the cpu usage peaks, and everything slows to a crawl.
Its a known issue. But is anyone fixing it?

Most of these are minor issues, and most of them have workarounds. But the question is, if Ubuntu linux is really going to compete mainstream, these need to be addressed. Linux has come a long way since its inception and text based output. But it still needs some polishing before it can kill the competition.