Alternatives to rEFIt for all platforms with any license

  • rEFInd

    rEFInd is a fork of the rEFIt boot manager for computers based on the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) and Unified EFI (UEFI).

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  • Grub2Win

    Safely dual boot Windows and Linux without touching the Windows MBR. Grub2Win installs to Windows 8, Windows 7, XP, 2000 or Vista. It boots native, open source GNU...

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  • GRUB4DOS and WINGRUB

    GRUB for DOS is the dos extension of GRUB. It enables dos users to run the configuration console directly in real mode. The project also contains an utility called...

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  • gummiboot

    gummiboot is a simple UEFI boot manager which executes configured EFI images. The default entry is selected by a configured pattern (glob) or an on-screen menu. ...

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      In May 2015, gummiboot was fully integrated into systemd to form its systemd-boot component that serves as a UEFI boot manager. Following this action, the source code repository of gummiboot was emptied out in July 2015. - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gummiboot_(software)

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rEFIt Comments

Good and bad at the same time

Comment by mikemabey
about rEFIt and GRUB · Nov 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

While rEFIt helps you be able to boot to multiple OSs with a nice GUI, it does cause one major problem: It completely disables the ability to control the screen brightness in Windows and Linux. As discussed at length in this thread, so many people have had problems with this. While multiple workarounds have been devised for distinct models with varying video cards, almost invariably, those that posted to the forum that are using rEFIt were able to trace things back to it being the source.

A great alternative is GRUB. Tried and true, it may not be as sexy looking, and it may be a little more of a challenge to get it to operate as the system's default boot manager, but it is definitely a good alternative to the problems caused by rEFIt.

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