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Red Hat Linux System Administration Handbook by Mark F. Komarinski, Cary Collett

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Chapter 3. Linux Boot and Shutdown

What happens when you boot? What happens when you shut down the machine

Booting Linux is not like starting DOS, but the concepts are somewhat similar.

The first process that Linux kicks off once the kernel has entered memory and the root (/) partition is mounted is init. The init process is always process 1. Killing this process will do the same thing as running halt or shutting down The advantage to the Red Hat startup method is that it's the same as other commercial operating systems (OS) such as Solaris 2.

LILO

Configuring the Linux Loader

The LILO program allows you to select a boot partition for your system. If you have multiple operating systems (Linux, Windows 98, NT, etc.) all on different partitions and ...

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