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LILO (bootloader)

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Developer(s)Werner Almesberger (1992–1998), John Coffman (1999–2007), Joachim Wiedorn (since 2010)
Initial releaseJune 29, 1992; 31 years ago (1992-06-29)[1]
Final release
24.2[2] / November 22, 2015; 8 years ago (2015-11-22)
Websitewww.joonet.de/lilo/ 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?] As of 2009, most distributions had switched to GRUB as the default boot loader.[3] Further development of LILO was discontinued in December 2015 along with a request by Joachim Wiedorn for potential developers.[4]


Stable release
3.16 / March 29, 2013; 11 years ago (2013-03-29)

For EFI-based PC hardware the now orphaned[5] ELILO boot loader was developed,[6] originally by Hewlett-Packard for IA-64 systems, 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.[7][dead link]

It supports network booting using TFTP/DHCP.[8][9]

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  1. ^ "LILO vs. GRUB [LWN.net]". lwn.net. Retrieved 2024-04-16.
  2. ^ Wiedorn, Joachim (2015-11-22). "LILO Bootloader for GNU/Linux". Archived from the original on 2017-10-27. Retrieved 2015-11-22.
  3. ^ Siever, Ellen; Figgins, Stephen; Love, Robert; Robbins, Arnold (2009-09-19). Linux in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference. "O'Reilly Media, Inc.". p. 506. ISBN 978-1-4493-7920-9.
  4. ^ "Debian Bug report logs - #973850 lilo: Should not be included in bullseye".
  5. ^ "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.
  6. ^ "Chapter 24. Configuring ELILO". CentOS.org. Archived from the original on 2012-06-15. Retrieved 2011-10-05.
  7. ^ 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, archived from the original on May 28, 2022, retrieved May 8, 2018, Additions to the book.
  8. ^ "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
  9. ^ 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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