Booting Linux Kernel without bootloader

Clint Thomas cthomas at
Wed Jul 26 08:30:39 EST 2006

Hey guys,

I have gone through the Linuxppc embedded and dev lists for information
related to what I am trying to do, but was unable to find exactly what
i'm looking for.

Basically, the system I want linux running on does not require the
initialization of hardware that U-boot provides, or at least it does not
need it to boot the linux kernel. I want to load an uncompressed linux
kernel into memory and start the execution of the kernel, without using
any kind of bootloader. Is this possible? Or does linux need some kind
of firmware or other software to tell it to start executing? Thanks for
any info you might have.
Clinton Thomas
cthomas at
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