This probably is a stupid question, but I need some enlightenment from you all. For the past week, I've been trying to figure out why I no longer see my Grub2 boot menu in Ubuntu Karmic. I googled and googled, using the menu.1st as I was told to do: nothing worked (it was empty). I finally stumbled across this page, which way down explained that menu.1st isn't used any longer, and furthermore, the boot menu is now hidden by default. So it's fixed and I now see the grub boot menu. But I don't understand the need to change these things when they seemed to have worked just fine as they were. Is it change for changes sake, or is it truly to make things work better? I'm honestly not ranting. I enjoyed the challenge of figuring it out. I'd just like to understand why. Thanks for any input.