Bootloader

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

Available software

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

Name Package Description
EFI stub - Using the (U)EFI firmware to function as a bootloader.
GRUB2 sys-boot/grub Reworked version of GRUB. Gentoo's default bootloader on x86 and amd64.
LILO sys-boot/lilo Simple boot loader with some advantages over GRUB and GRUB2.
rEFInd sys-boot/refind Boot manager for EFI and UEFI platforms.
syslinux sys-boot/syslinux Collection of simple bootloaders for various purposes.
systemd-boot sys-boot/systemd-boot Bootloader that is specific to UEFI firmware and the systemd init system.
U-Boot dev-embedded/u-boot-tools Bootloader popular with embedded devices.

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