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Burg – changing boring grub (now without the installation hassle)

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After the suggested option on the hubber grub` menu decorations I decided it would be better to leave it as it is. It didn’t take me long to come to this decision. Soon I found a great tool called Burg. It promised to turn my boring black and white (or pink and blue depending on your taste) grub menu into a nice "themed" menu with icons instead of text! Tempting. And after I saw the screenshot of Burg menu in Ubuntu 10.04 style – all doubts were removed. Now I’ll share my experiences and amendments that might not work for you if you follow any other Burg installation and setup articles.
I would like to point out that the installation and setup of this utility is much easier.
First, let’s add the repository :
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bean123ch/burg
This is where I ran into a problem. The ubuntu key server did not want to give me the repository key. If you have the same problem, get the key from another server :
$ sudo gpg --keyserver wwwkeys.eu.pgp.net --recv-keys 55708F1EE06803C5
$ sudo gpg --armor --export 55708F1EE06803C5 | apt-key add -

Now update the package list and put Burg with themes :
$ sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install burg burg-themes
When installing Burg, it asks for settings. Let’s try to leave the field blank in the first window:
Burg - changing boring grub (now without the installation hassle)

In the next window also leave everything unchanged :
Burg - changing boring grub (now without the installation hassle)

Then we will be prompted to select the medium in whose MBR burg will be installed:
Burg - changing boring grub (now without the installation hassle)

The installation is now complete. Now you can check if it is correct. Run the following command :
$ burg-emu
And see the menu with the default theme :
Burg - changing boring grub (now without the installation hassle)

Finally, cross our fingers and reboot. In the new grub we press the "t" key and see a menu of theme choices. For example we will choose Radiance:
Burg - changing boring grub (now without the installation hassle)

In Ubuntu the old kernels spoil the whole picture. I.e. in burg you will see an icon for each kernel and boot in recovery mode with it. The old kernels are can be removed After removing the kernels and updating grub you need to update the burg configuration:
$ sudo update-burg
UPD: To select the screen resolution in burg, press "r" – a list of available resolutions will appear. To make this work, in the file /etc/default/burg line must be uncommented :
GRUB_GFXMODE=saved
UPD.2: Supported screen resolutions are not limited by your monitor, but by your video card bios. My monitor’s default resolution is 1360×768 but I can only select "square" resolutions in burg (640×480, 800×600, 1024×768, etc.). My burg ended up looking like this (clickable):
Burg - changing boring grub (now without the installation hassle)

UPD.3: The resolution can be set manually in the same /etc/default/burg on the same line GRUB_GFXMODE :
GRUB_GFXMODE=1360x768
But it didn’t work for me. Experiment.

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