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The Multiboot Specification is an open standard originally created in 1995 and developed by the Free Software Foundation. The specification describes a method of loading various multiboot kernels using a single compliant boot loader. GNU Hurd, VMware ESXi, Xen, and L4 microkernels all need to be booted using this method. GNU GRUB is the reference implementation used in the GNU operating system.
The latest version is 0.7.
Compliant software 
The following software is known to be compliant with Multiboot specification:
See also 
- ^ a b c d This bootloader is itself compliant with Multiboot specification, and it may be used to load non-compatible operating systems.
- ^ Okuji, Yoshinori K., Operating systems that support Multiboot, GrubWiki, archived from the original on August 19, 2010
- ^ Merino Vidal, Julio M. (March 1, 2007), "Making NetBSD Multiboot-Compatible", ONLamp.com (O'Reilly Media), retrieved October 2, 2012.
- ^ Steinberg, Udo (October 21, 2012), "NOVA Microhypervisor", github.com, retrieved March 17, 2013
- Ford, Bryan; Boleyn, Erich Stefan; FSF, Multiboot specification (0.6.96 ed.), GNU, retrieved October 2, 2012.
- Booting with GRUB, OSDEV, June, 25 2006, archived from the original on December 28, 2008.