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== List of bootloaders ==
 
== List of bootloaders ==
  
X86:
 
* [[Lilo]]
 
* [[Grub]]
 
* [[Syslinux]]
 
* [[U-Boot]]
 
* [http://www.coreboot.org/Welcome_to_coreboot coreboot], formerly known as LinuxBIOS
 
** Conference talk by Peter Stuge at Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2008, [http://free-electrons.com/pub/video/2008/elce/nluug-fall2008-stuge-coreboot.ogv video]
 
  
ARM:
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{|
* [[APEX]]
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! Bootloaders  !! x86 (IA32) !! ARM / XScale !! MIPS !! PowerPC !! SuperH || remarks
* [[Blob]]
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|-
* [[U-Boot]]
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! [[U-Boot]]
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|                no        || yes          || yes  || yes    || yes    ||
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|-
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! [[RedBoot]]
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|                yes        || yes          || yes  || yes    || yes    ||
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|-
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! [[Lilo]] 
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|                yes        ||  -          ||  -  ||  -    || -      ||
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|-
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! [[Grub]]
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|                yes        ||  -          ||  -  ||  yes  || -      ||
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|-
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! [[Syslinux]]
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|                yes        ||  -          ||  -  ||  -    || -      ||
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|-
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! [http://www.coreboot.org/Welcome_to_coreboot coreboot], formerly known as LinuxBIOS
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|                yes        ||  -          ||  -  ||  -    || -      || Conference talk by Peter Stuge at Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2008, [http://free-electrons.com/pub/video/2008/elce/nluug-fall2008-stuge-coreboot.ogv video]
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|-
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! [[APEX]]
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|                -          ||  yes        ||  -  ||  -    || -      ||
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|-
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! [[Blob]]
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|                -          ||  yes        ||  -  ||  -    || -      ||
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|-
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! [http://www.linux-mips.org/wiki/YAMON YAMON]
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|                -          ||  -          ||  yes ||  -    || -      ||
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|-
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! [Yaboot]
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|                -          ||  -          ||  -  ||  ye    || -      ||
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|}
  
MIPS:
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A dash '-' means: '''not researched...'''
* [[U-Boot]]
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* [http://www.linux-mips.org/wiki/YAMON YAMON]
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PowerPC:
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A lot more exhaustive list is available at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_boot_loaders Wikipedia]
* [[U-Boot]]
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[[Bootloader_Security_Resources]]
 
[[Bootloader_Security_Resources]]
 
RedBoot should be listed somewhere.  I don't know what architectures it supports. [[User:Tim Bird|Tim Bird]] 20:55, 10 April 2009 (UTC)
 
  
 
[[Category:Bootloaders]]
 
[[Category:Bootloaders]]

Revision as of 17:18, 13 April 2009

Briefly, a bootloader is the first software program that runs when a computer starts. It is responsible for loading and transferring control to the operating system kernel software (such as the Hurd or the Linux). The kernel, in turn, initializes the rest of the operating system (e.g. GNU).

List of bootloaders

Bootloaders x86 (IA32) ARM / XScale MIPS PowerPC SuperH remarks
U-Boot no yes yes yes yes
RedBoot yes yes yes yes yes
Lilo yes - - - -
Grub yes - - yes -
Syslinux yes - - - -
coreboot, formerly known as LinuxBIOS yes - - - - Conference talk by Peter Stuge at Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2008, video
APEX - yes - - -
Blob - yes - - -
YAMON - - yes - -
[Yaboot] - - - ye -

A dash '-' means: not researched...

A lot more exhaustive list is available at Wikipedia

Bootloader_Security_Resources