Hands-On Booting: Learn the Boot Process of Linux, Windows, and Unix

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Master the booting procedure of various operating systems with in-depth analysis of bootloaders and firmware. The primary focus is on the Linux booting procedure along with other popular operating systems such as Windows and Unix.

Hands-on Booting begins by explaining what a bootloader is, starting with the Linux bootloader followed by bootloaders for Windows and Unix systems. Next, you'll address the BIOS and UEFI firmware by installing multiple operating systems on one machine and booting them through the Linux bootloader. Further, you'll see the kernel's role in the booting procedure of the operating system and the dependency between kernel, initramfs, and dracut. You'll also cover systemd, examining its structure and how it mounts the user root filesystem. In the final section, the book explains troubleshooting methodologies such as debugging shells followed by live images and rescue mode.

On completing this book, you will understand the booting process of major operating systems such as Linux, Windows, and Unix. You will also know how to fix the Linux booting issues through various boot modes.

What You Will Learn

  • Examine the BIOS and UEFI firmware
  • Understanding the Linux boot loader (GRUB)
  • Work with initramfs, dracut, and systemd
  • Fix can't-boot issues on Linux

Who This Book Is For

Linux users, administrators, and developers.

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