wd at denx.de
Thu Sep 16 09:10:08 EST 1999
In message <firstname.lastname@example.org> Ethan Benson
<erbenson at alaska.net> wrote:
> it boots very cleanly on x86, booting linux instead of windows is
> complete non issue there.
> BIOS loads the bootblock from boot disk or if one does not exist it
> looks for a partition marked bootable in the partition table and
> loads the bootblock from that. the BIOS knows NOTHING about ANY
> filesystem not ext2 not FAT, NTFS, DOSfs, not HFS. lilo works
> wonderfully, and does not require its very own partition in a
> specific filesystem format to work. *I* think this is a very clean
> way to boot it allows the replacement of the filesystem without
> anything more then a update to lilo at most. not a whole new machine
Furthermore, LILO provides with a lot of interesting options rarely
used but very powerful (and *very* useful for embedded systems):
password protection, selection of alternate boot arguments with
automatic fallback if booting fails etc.
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