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Free Software Magazine: Initialization Sequence in GNU/Linux

"The login prompt is a nice place to be. Poised, fingers on keyboards, ready to send mail, surf the web, or do a little programming. However, from power-on to login prompt there is a long road for our GNU-powered friend to travel.

"The first step on this journey is the BIOS power on, system test. Or POST for short. BIOS stands for Basic Input Output System, and is the custom chip on the motherboard that holds a small program to kickstart the whole boot-up..."

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Linux Journal: Linux System Startup

"Today, you can purchase a Linux distribution, install it and use it, all without really understanding much about the operating system itself. For those perhaps new to Linux who want to know a bit more about their OS, this article looks inside the startup sequence of Linux on a PC.

"The techie word for starting up a computer is 'bootstrapping,' and the short version is 'booting or 'boot.' The initial part of this booting process is performed by code stored in ROM. This code is general in nature and is not specific to Linux. Its task is to load the Linux-specific boot loader and turn control of the system over to it..."

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