Linux guys have not put this weakness of Microsoft to light.
Now is the time to highlight why we give priority to Microsoft.
It is unfair in legal sense and open market economy.
It also should learn how to boot from any sector of choice other than Master Boot Record.
Nobody should give the copyright inheritance of the first sector to any Linux or Microsoft distribution.
It should be with the customer or the user.
It is a monopoly.
Why computer wizard did not expose this weakness to light is my grouse.
They only aggravate the situ by only recognizing windows and dos sometimes and invariably gave Microsoft the first place.
This is a culpable mistake Linux developers perpetuate by its taking the starting block.
Why give the head start to Microsoft?
I have found only three distributions doing it right
They are PCLinux (the new distributions now have a problem not including other format options – other types of disk formatting including DOS), Mephis, Debian, Suse , Mandriva, Redhat and Fedora.
Redhat had the best GRUB including RAIDs .
Still SuSe has the best partition tool, even though it restrict itself to 15 partitions.
Why I do not know?
All the other Live and installable CDs I checked had problem recognizing other Linux distributions.
But they invariable recognized Microsoft by default or is it fear induced by Microsoft by its global propaganda or is it both.
Why not recognize its sisters and brothers breathing over the neck to have a good start.
Most pertinent question is why Microsoft cannot see with their eyes open wide Linux or other partitions.
They are totally blind to independence an market forces.
Where is universal brotherhood?
Where is universal comradeship?
There are two reasons.
1. One is boot loader they use is LiLo.
2. The other is that they do not write a script (copy of the booting sequence in the header files of the root partition.
They all write on the M.B.R while giving priority to Microsoft almost by default or deceit.
Ubuntu do this, all Ubuntu derivatives including attractive Mint do this culpable offense.
It is time to wake up and put this right.
Suse recognizes only 15 partitions.
There used to be over 60 partitions those days before the RAID and volumes came into existence.
I used to have at least 8 (2 windows) distributions bootable on my hard disk barely 80 GB.
Those days Linux were not fat and heavy and some of them could stay on 2 GiB partition.
I used to modify boot sector by various means to get all running without a problem with GRUB as the boot loader.
Now the hard disks are over 300 or 500 we must go back to all traditions and have at least 30 partitions recognizable.
Then I can boot Microsoft, Apple Mac and Open Free BSD as part-timers with Linux preferably my own assembly called God Bless You All (G.B.Y.A) (thanks to all the guys including Puppy Linux) and I will throw a party even the all mighty God has directed me to the grave for rest after the party.
Recovery Is Possible or Impossible and cohabitation is a must in the coffin for all of us at the end.