LILO (bootloader)

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Developer(s)Werner Almesberger (1992–1998), John Coffman (1999–2007), Joachim Wiedorn (since 2010)
Final release
24.2[1] / November 22, 2015; 7 years ago (2015-11-22)
LicenseBSD-3-Clause Edit this at Wikidata

LILO (Linux Loader) is a boot loader for Linux and was the default boot loader for most Linux distributions in the years after the popularity of loadlin.[when?] Today[when?], many distributions use GRUB as the default boot loader, but LILO and its variant ELILO are still in wide use. Further development of LILO was discontinued in December 2015 along with a request by Joachim Wiedorn for potential developers.[2]


Stable release
3.16 / March 29, 2013

For EFI-based PC hardware the now orphaned[3] ELILO boot loader was developed,[4] originally by Hewlett-Packard for IA-64 systems made, but later also for standard i386 and amd64 hardware with EFI support.

On any version of Linux running on Intel-based Apple Macintosh hardware, ELILO is one of the available bootloaders.[5]

It supports network booting using TFTP/DHCP.[6][7]

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  1. ^ Wiedorn, Joachim (2015-11-22). "LILO Bootloader for GNU/Linux". Archived from the original on 2017-10-27. Retrieved 2015-11-22.
  2. ^ "Debian Bug report logs - #973850 lilo: Should not be included in bullseye".
  3. ^ "ELILO: EFI Linux Boot Loader". Retrieved 2015-07-04. This project is orphaned, Debian dropped it in 2014, and RH & SUSE stopped using this tree (and feeding back change) long before that so no longer interested in working on it.
  4. ^ "Chapter 24. Configuring ELILO". Archived from the original on 2012-06-15. Retrieved 2011-10-05.
  5. ^ Singh, Amit (January 21, 2009), "Bonus Content / Miscellaneous / Test-driving Linux on an Intel-based Macintosh", Mac OS X Internals: A Systems Approach, Addison-Wesley Professional (published 2006), ISBN 978-0321278548, Additions to the book.
  6. ^ "Booting from the Network". Retrieved 2018-05-08. SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server – Installation and Administration Chapter 4. Central Software Installation and Update - 4.3. Booting from the Network
  7. ^ Fleischli, Jason; Eranian, Stephane (19 October 2009), "How to netboot using ELILO", ./docs/netbooting.txt, Hewlett-Packard Co., File found in the source code used as documentation. Possible to obtain via CVS repository.

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