Difference between revisions of "Bootloader"

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A bootloader is a small application that is first run when a computing device is powered on. the primary purpose of a bootloader is to initialize the hardware i/o enough so that the core of an operating system may be loaded and executed.
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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).
  
 
some example bootloaders are:
 
some example bootloaders are:
  
 
X86:
 
X86:
* Lilo
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* [[Lilo]]
* Grub
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* [[Grub]]
* Syslinux
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* [[Syslinux]]
 
* [[U-Boot]]
 
* [[U-Boot]]
  
 
ARM:
 
ARM:
 
* [[APEX]]
 
* [[APEX]]
* Blob
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* [[Blob]]
 
* [[U-Boot]]
 
* [[U-Boot]]
  

Revision as of 00:50, 13 September 2007

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).

some example bootloaders are:

X86:

ARM:

MIPS:

PowerPC:

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