rEFInd is a fork of the rEFIt boot manager. Like rEFIt, rEFInd can auto-detect your installed EFI boot loaders and it presents a pretty GUI menu of boot options. rEFInd goes beyond rEFIt in that rEFInd better handles systems with many boot loaders, gives better control over the boot loader search process, and provides the ability for users to define their own boot loader entries.
- Support for EFI 1.x and UEFI 2.x computers
- Support for Mac and PC platforms
- Graphical and text-mode boot selector
- Auto-detection of available EFI boot loaders
- Directly launch Linux 3.3.0 and later kernels with EFI stub loader support
- Maintenance-free Linux kernel updates -- boot-time auto-detection means that no configuration file changes are needed after a kernel update
- Set boot-time options from a list
- Manually edit boot-time options
- Launch EFI programs such as an EFI shell (available from third parties)
- Launch OS X and Windows recovery tools
- Reboot into the firmware setup utility (on some UEFIs)
- Try before installation via a CD-R or USB flash drive image
- Secure Boot support (requires separate shim or PreLoader program)
- Includes EFI drivers for ext2/3fs, ext4fs, ReiserFS, Btrfs, HFS+, and ISO-9660
It does not take over the system or boot manager, but it can be overridden by the standard methods of specifying the hard drive through the System Preferences of the current operating system, and its functionality is localized to the hard drive partition on which it is installed. If you install it on every partition that has a Mac operating system, then you are pretty well situated. However, you would really only need to install it on the partition with the lowest ID (or perhaps in the future, this will be the partition that loads the fastest) which would be the one recognized as the primary partition and operating system. Anyway, keep the installation shell executable and its folder somewhere obvious like at "/" on the partitions where you want to use it, and just run the .sh installation file every time you need to re-apply it as your boot manager on that drive. I would suggest that in the future, the EFI Manager uses a different name for itself, so that the standard Mac OS boot manager can list it with a name besides "EFI Boot", and I recommend including the drive name there, like if the name of your drive were "My HD 1", then it might give itself the standard boot manager entry name, "My HD 1 (EFI Boot)". I don't know anything about the support for this product, so I gave it a "mediocre" rating for that, but the rest of it, given the current technologies, is useful in a simple way and definitely recommended by me if you plan to have more than one operating system accessible to your computer.
This product is certainly extremely timely, with the advent of EFI boot computers in so many manufacturers recently. It works well, is easy to configure, and even has an attractive interface. I found it a pleasure to use. It's also quite well documented and the documentation is well written to be very accessible to the user.
Ubuntu 14.04 doesn't like this, and refuses to install it unless you override it. Problem seems to be with malformed author info and incomplete email contact.
Very good and powerfull bootmanager :)
Best boot manager ever. Maintenance free with efi stub kernel.