The boot loader

When the system BIOS launches, LILO presents you with the following prompt:

LILO:

The LILO prompt is designed to allow you to select from multiple kernels or operating systems installed on the computer and to pass parameters to the kernel when it is loaded. Pressing the Tab key at the LILO prompt yields a list of available kernel images. One of the listed images will be the default as designated by an asterisk next to the name:

LILO: <TAB>
linux*    linux_586_smp   experimental

Under many circumstances, you won’t need to select a kernel at boot time because LILO will boot the kernel configured as the default during the install process. However, if you later create a new kernel, have special hardware issues, or are operating your system in a dual-boot configuration, you may need to use some of LILO’s options to load the kernel or operating system you desire.

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