Bootloader

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A bootloader is a program that will load bootable items when the system is started.

Depending on the architecture of the machine, several bootloaders are available:

  • GRUB - Also known as GRUB Legacy.
  • GRUB2 - Reworked version of GRUB. Gentoo's default bootloader on x86 and amd64.
  • syslinux - A collection of simple bootloaders for various purposes.
  • LILO - A simple boot loader with some advantages over GRUB and GRUB2.
  • EFI stub kernel - Using the (U)EFI firmware to function as bootloader.