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  • There Are Many Features Coming For GRUB 2.02

    After writing yesterday about F2FS support being worked on for GRUB2, I decided to explore what features are coming for their GRUB 2.02 release.

    GRUB 2.02 will be the next major update for this widely-used, open-source boot-loader. GRUB 2.02 is currently up to a beta state with GRUB 2.02 Beta 3 being the newest development milestone from just two weeks ago. This will be the first major update since GRUB 2.00 was released four years ago and the recent third beta has come two years after the second beta. Below is a look at some of the highlights for GRUB 2.02.

  • F2FS Support For GRUB Is Still Being Worked On

    Following the recent news of KDE's Partition Manager adding F2FS support, a Phoronix reader reminded us that F2FS support for GRUB is still being addressed.

    While F2FS (the Flash-Friendly File-System) has been around for a few years, it doesn't yet have any native support by GRUB2 for being able to boot off an F2FS file-system. Fortunately, work is being done in that direction.

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