The Boot Process

A description of the boot process is provided, including a description of Linux runlevels. This chapter describes the two most widely used Linux boot loaders (LILO and GRUB) and the lilo.conf and grub.conf files used to configure them. The role of the kernel in initializing hardware devices and the role of init in starting all of the system services are covered. init and the inittab configuration files are described, with emphasis on the key startup files that a network server administrator needs to understand.

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