Alternatives to GRUB for Linux with any license

  • rEFInd

    rEFInd is a fork of the rEFIt boot manager for computers based on the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) and Unified EFI (UEFI).

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  • Grub2Win

    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...

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  • coreboot

    coreboot is an extended firmware platform that delivers a lightning fast and secure boot experience on modern computers and embedded systems.

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  • GRUB4DOS and WINGRUB

    GRUB for DOS is the dos extension of GRUB. It enables dos users to run the configuration console directly in real mode. The project also contains an utility called...

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  • gummiboot

    gummiboot is a simple UEFI boot manager which executes configured EFI images. The default entry is selected by a configured pattern (glob) or an on-screen menu. ...

    • 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)

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Chrome OS BSD

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  • Gag

    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...

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  • Chameleon Bootloader

    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...

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  • burg

    Burg is a brand-new boot loader based on GRUB. It uses a new object format which allows it to be built in a wider range of OS...

    • Discontinued The project is no longer maintained.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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  • Linux Loader

    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...

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  • Extended Operating System Loader

    Written in C++ and licensed under GNU GPL, XOSL (eXtended Operating System Loader) is a user-friendly, window-based graphical boot manager handling large disks and over...

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  • Partita 2000

    Partita 2000 is a tiny boot manager with a Y2K patch for old BIOSes. It features a timed autoboot and can automatically change partition type to hidden for selected...

    • 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

    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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  • petitboot

    Petitboot is a platform independent bootloader based on the Linux kexec warm reboot mechanism.

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