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Developer(s)Kay Sievers, Harald Hoyer, Karel Zak
Written inC
TypeBoot loader for UEFI systems

systemd-boot is a free and open-source boot manager created by obsoleting the gummiboot project and merging it into systemd in May 2015.[1][2][3][4]

gummiboot was developed by the Red Hat employees Kay Sievers and Harald Hoyer and designed as a minimal alternative to GNU GRUB for systems using the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). It automatically detected bootable images (including operating systems and other boot loaders), did not require a configuration file, provided a basic menu-based interface, and could also integrate with systemd to provide performance data.[5]

As a word play, the name "gummiboot" means "rubber (inflatable) boat" in German, the native language of its initial developers.[6] Despite being developed by two of its employees, Red Hat's Fedora Project did not use gummiboot for booting UEFI systems; instead, it used efilinux to chainload GRUB.[6][7]

gummiboot was licensed under LGPL-2.1-or-later, unlike GRUB which is licensed under the GPL-3.0-or-later. This distinction was intended to allow gummiboot to be suitable for use on UEFI systems implementing secure boot,[6] due to concerns surrounding its requirement to distribute all authorization keys (digital certificates) needed to run GPL-v3-licensed software if hardware restrictions such as secure boot are in effect.[7]

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  1. ^ Rod Smith (2013-04-27). "Managing EFI Boot Loaders for Linux: Using gummiboot".
  2. ^ Michael Larabel (2015-05-21). "Systemd 220 Has Finally Been Released". Phoronix. Retrieved 2015-08-17.
  3. ^ Lennart Poettering (2015-05-21). "[systemd-devel] [ANNOUNCE] systemd v220". Retrieved 2021-09-27.
  4. ^ Michael Larabel (2015-07-07). "Gummiboot is Dead". Phoronix. Retrieved 2015-08-17.
  5. ^ "Boot Loader Interface".
  6. ^ a b c "Gummiboot is an EFI boot loader that "just works"". The H. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Ubuntu details its UEFI secure boot plans". Linux Weekly News. Retrieved 11 September 2012.

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