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c't: Start Engine: Boot Manager Lilo

Dec 27, 1999, 02:21 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Susanne Schmidt, DR. Oliver Diedrich)

"To many users, just one Linux on their hard disks is not enough: The cautious Windows ex-user wants to keep his or her old system, keen Linux enthusiasts want to boot different kernel versions and distributions. Linux boot manager Lilo can do all that - and a lot more."

"Linux loader Lilo primarily provides the boot code which puts the Linux kernel into memory. While doing so, Lilo can pass parameters needed for running certain hardware to the kernel - for example the network board's IRQ and I/O. These kernel parameters are entered at the Lilo boot prompt at system startup; alternatively, they may also be pre-set when installing Lilo."

"In addition, Lilo can act as a boot manager and start other operating systems. It also offers various convenient functions, for example time-controlling the boot process or protecting it with a pass word."

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