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Revision as of 21:14, 2 June 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

Legend: ?:Unknown -:Not supported
Bootloader ARM BFIN MIPS PPC SH x86 remarks
APEX y -  ?  ?  ?  ?
Blob y - - - - -
CFE - - y - - - for specific BroadCom chipsets
coreboot (LinuxBIOS) - - - - - y Conference talk by Peter Stuge at Embedded Linux Conference Europe 2008, video
Das U-Boot y y y y y y allows networked setup
U-Boot-v2 y y - y - - allows networked setup, integrated editor and scripting
Grub  ? -  ? y  ? y
Lilo - - - - - y x86 only, requires nasm to build
MicroMonitor y y  ? y y  ?
PMON 2000 - - y - - -
RedBoot y  ? y y y y allows networked setup
Syslinux - - - - - y variants (including) isolinux are very flexible for booting x86
Yaboot - - - y - -
YAMON - - y - - -

A lot more exhaustive list is available at Wikipedia


List of legacy boot loaders

Please don't pick any of these for new designs!

  • rrload (RidgeRun, used for older TI OMAP boards)
  • pmon (used for Linux MIPS, including BroadCom wifi router boards like Linksys)

See also