Grub doesn't display distro's versions

Bug #546343 reported by Miguel Branco on 2010-03-24
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
grub2 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: grub2

I don't know if this is by design, but my opinion is it shouldn't be.
Grub2 (both 30_os-prober and 10_linux) saves menu entries for linux distros using only the name and kernel version.

So instead of displaying:

Ubuntu 10.04 (or Ubuntu Lucid Lynx), with Linux yada yada

we have

Ubuntu, with Linux yada yada

which is (again, in my opinion) more confusing when you're trying to choose the version you want to boot.

My opinion is we should have the Distro's complete name and version and (maybe!) omit the kernel for the latest one.
All the other OS's are using $LONGNAME for their menu entries, so why not linux?

I don't usually know what kernel version I have in my Distros, but I do know their version numbers.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: amd64
Date: Wed Mar 24 20:03:23 2010
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.04
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" - Beta amd64 (20100318)
Package: grub-common 1.98-1ubuntu2
 PATH=(custom, user)
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.32-17.26-generic
SourcePackage: grub2
Uname: Linux 2.6.32-17-generic x86_64

Miguel Branco (arlanthir) wrote :
Colin Watson (cjwatson) on 2010-11-25
Changed in grub2 (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Triaged
dino99 (9d9) wrote :

 adding my voice too, as i'm tested several distros, several releases with their stock kernel AND newest too, so the menuentry is very confusing: cant remember which is on /dev/sdx

So an easy way to make a more handy menuentry should be to add the "flag" partition name set by user; its an easier way than having to set custom entries into 40_custom. So please make it doable by default.

dino99 (9d9) on 2013-04-26
tags: added: raring saucy
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