Names of Grub menu entries no longer say which version of Ubuntu

Bug #506768 reported by Scott Ritchie on 2010-01-13
This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
grub2 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: grub

I installed Lucid Alpha 2 on a separate disk from karmic. Grub worked fine, and both Lucid and Karmic are bootable, however the menu entries it generated read like this:

Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-17-generic

As far as I can tell, this was a regression in Karmic, since Jaunty had menu entries like this:

Ubuntu 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-9-generic (on /dev/sdb1)

tags: added: iso-testing
Steve Langasek (vorlon) on 2010-01-13
affects: grub (Ubuntu) → grub2 (Ubuntu)
Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

To be fair, the old versions were often broken anyway - they were calculated in the wrong way. Arguably it's better to have no versions than wrong versions ...

Changed in grub2 (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Triaged

Similar behaviour is seen when installing e.g. Kubuntu alongside Ubuntu. All the menu entries just say Ubuntu, albeit with different kernels. It's potentially very confusing.

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