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GRUB

Multiboot boot loader

  • Windows
    Supports chainloading the Windows bootloader
  • Linux
    Supports booting the Linux kernel directly
  • BSD
    Supports chainloading the FreeBSD bootloader
  • Solaris
    x86 only
  • OpenSolaris
    x86 only
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GNU GRUB is a multiboot boot loader. It was derived from GRUB, the GRand Unified Bootloader, which was originally designed and implemented by Erich Stefan Boleyn.

Briefly, boot loader is the first software program that runs when a computer starts. It is responsible for loading and transferring control to the operating system kernel software (such as the Hurd or the Linux). The kernel, in turn, initializes the rest of the operating system (e.g. GNU). More Info »

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GRUB (sometimes referred to as GRand Unified Bootloader) was added by FLYingG0D in Mar 2010 and the lastest update was made in Jan 2016. There is a history of activites on GRUB in our Change Log and Activity Log. It's possible to update the information on GRUB or report it as discontinued, duplicated or spam. If you want a nice widget to put on your website check these out.
 
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    PLoP Boot Manager

    Free by Hanlhofer Elmar | Windows, Linux

    The PLoP Boot Manager is a small program to boot different operating systems. You can boot the operating systems from harddisk, floppy, CD/DVD or from USB. You can start the boot manager from floppy, CD...


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    GRUB for DOS

    Open Source by Bean & chenall | Mac, Windows, Linux

    GRUB for DOS is an universal boot loader based on GNU GRUB. It can boot various OSes (some directly, some using their standard boot managers) on different media (HDD, CD/DVD, external USB devices, etc).


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    Visual BCD Editor

    Free | Windows

    Visual BCD Editor - advanced GUI version of bcdedit utility. Automatic boot loader creation - Windows 7|Vista|XP|VHD. Fix boot manager and dual boot problems.


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    This application has been discontinued. "rEFIt is no longer maintained since 2013. The author suggested to check out http://alternativeto.net/software/refind/ , a fork of the original program."

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    Grub2Win

    Open Source | Windows, Linux

    Safely dual boot Windows and Linux without touching the Windows MBR. Grub2Win installs to Windows 8, Windows 7, XP, 2000 or Vista. It boots native, open source GNU grub version 2.00 code. Everything is...


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    BootIt Bare Metal

    Commercial by TeraByte | Windows

    BootIt Bare Metal is a boot manager and partition manager software utility. Whither you want to do non-destructive repartitioning or boot multiple operating systems, this is the product for you. Manage...


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    This application has been discontinued. "The project is no longer maintained. Last version, released on 18 October 2010, can be still downloaded from Google Code."

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    Chameleon Bootloader

    Open Source by Dmitriy Chekanov | Mac, Windows, Linux

    Chameleon is a boot loader for Mac OS X. It seems that standard boot loaders for Mac OS X either lack many cool features, or have many cool features, but are closed-sourced. With Chameleon you can have all...


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    bootcfg

    Commercial by Microsoft | Windows

    Used to edit boot configuration data on Windows systems. Predecessor of bcdedit. Found on Windows XP and prior versions.


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    rEFInd

    Free by Roderick W. Smith | Mac, Windows, Linux

    rEFInd is a fork of the Small rEFIt iconrEFIt boot manager for computers based on the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) and Unified EFI (UEFI). Like rEFIt, rEFInd is a boot manager, meaning that it presents a menu of...


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    Chimera

    Open Source by MacMan | Mac

    Chimera is a Hackintosh bootloader that merges the best features from various branches of Chameleon bootloader, into a new branch based on the latest Chameleon 2.0 RC5 trunk version. It is designed for...


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    Linux Loader

    Open Source by Software in the Public Interest | Linux

    The development of LILO as classic bootloader for GNU/Linux systems was restarted in June 2010. Because of the simpleness LILO has some advantages comparing with Grub and Grub2. But nowadays LILO is not the...


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    This application has been discontinued. "Since XOSL is no longer maintained, but still usable, a modified version has stemmed form the original one: see https://sourceforge.net/projects/xosl2/"

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    OSL2000 Boot Manager

    Commercial by OSLoader.com | Windows

    OSL2000 is an advanced multi boot manager. Using OSL2000 boot manager, you can directly install, boot and manage upto 100 independent OSs in your computer.


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    Gag

    Open Source | Mac, Windows, Linux

    GAG (initials, in spanish, of Graphical Boot Manager) is a Boot Manager program. It's loaded when the computer is turned on and allows you to choose the operating system you want to use.


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    DualBootPRO

    Commercial by Tradewind Creations LLC | Windows

    A boot editor for the Windows 7/Vista bootloader. Takes the pain out of BCDEDIT. The logical and easy to use DualBootPRO interface makes it easy for both the novice and advanced user. No complex command...


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    This application has been discontinued. "In May 2015, gummiboot was fully integrated into systemd to form its systemd-boot component that serves as a UEFI boot manager. Following this action, the source code repository of gummiboot was emptied out in July 2015. - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gummiboot_(software)"

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    This application has been discontinued. "The project seems to be no longer updated. Last version can be still downloaded from the official website, in the Early Work section."

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    Yaboot

    Open Source | Linux

    Yaboot is a PowerPC bootloader for Open Firmware based machines including New World Apple Macintosh, IBM RS/6000, IBM pSeries and IBM OpenPower machines.




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