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Chapter 4. Boot Methods - Pg. 391

Boot Methods 4 This chapter describes some techniques for booting your Linux system. Depending on your hardware and whether you want to run any other operating systems, you can configure the system to boot Linux automatically or to provide a choice between several operating systems. Choosing between operating systems is generally referred to as dual booting, but you can boot more than two (e.g., Linux and Windows 95/98/ NT/2000). This chapter covers the following topics: · The boot process · LILO: the Linux loader · Loadlin: booting from MS-DOS · Dual booting Linux and Windows NT/2000 · Boot-time kernel options · initrd: using a RAM disk The Boot Process Once your Linux system is up and running, booting the system generally is pretty straightforward. But with the wide variety of hardware and software in use, there are many possibilities for configuring your boot process. The three most common choices are: · Boot Linux from a floppy, leaving any other operating system to boot from the hard drive. · Use the Linux Loader, LILO. 1 This is probably the most common method of booting and lets you boot both Linux and other operating systems. · Run Loadlin, which is an MS-DOS program that boots Linux from within DOS. 1 LILO is the standard boot program for i386-architecture machines. On the Alpha, the equivalent boot program is called MILO (Mini Loader), and on the SPARC, it is SILO. 391