Chapter 20. Booting and Shutdown

In this chapter, we explore the Linux boot process. If you want to use Linux, booting is unavoidable, so it is important to understand the boot process.

The average person running an operating system views the boot process as a black box. As a rule, he does not think much about what is happening—he just sits and waits until the logon prompt is available. But most Linux users are a little more adventurous and curious than the average user. It is not uncommon to want to know more about Linux and its inner workings. In this chapter, we see what is happening before we can use Linux.

Many Linux users have more than one operating system on their machines. This provides many challenges for booting. For example, my machine ...

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