Browse Definitions :
Definition

LILO (LInux LOader)

LILO (LInux LOader) is a boot loader (a small program that manages a dual boot) for use with the Linux operating system. Most new computers are shipped with boot loaders for some version of Microsoft Windows or the Mac OS. If a computer is to be used with Linux, a special boot loader must be installed. LILO is the most popular boot loader among users who employ Linux as their main, or only, operating system.

When a computer is powered-up or restarted with LILO installed in the usual manner, the basic input/output system (BIOS) performs some initial tests and then transfers control to the Master Boot Record (MBR) where LILO resides. The primary advantage of LILO is the fact that it allows for fast boot up of Linux when installed in the MBR. Its main limitation is the fact that not all computers tolerate modification of the MBR. In these situations, there are alternative approaches for using LILO, but it takes longer.

There are several boot loaders other than LILO that can be used to boot Linux into a computer's memory, such as LOADLIN (LOAD LINux) and GRUB (GRand Unified Bootloader).

>> Stay up to date by receiving the latest IT term daily. Simply check "Word of the Day" to register. 

This was last updated in March 2007

Continue Reading About LILO (LInux LOader)

SearchCompliance

  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

  • PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard)

    The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a widely accepted set of policies and procedures intended to ...

  • risk management

    Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing and controlling threats to an organization's capital and earnings.

SearchSecurity

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • risk mitigation

    Risk mitigation is a strategy to prepare for and lessen the effects of threats faced by a business.

  • call tree

    A call tree is a layered hierarchical communication model that is used to notify specific individuals of an event and coordinate ...

  • Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

    Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is the replication and hosting of physical or virtual servers by a third party to provide ...

SearchStorage

  • RAM (Random Access Memory)

    RAM (Random Access Memory) is the hardware in a computing device where the operating system (OS), application programs and data ...

  • business impact analysis (BIA)

    Business impact analysis (BIA) is a systematic process to determine and evaluate the potential effects of an interruption to ...

  • M.2 SSD

    An M.2 SSD is a solid-state drive that is used in internally mounted storage expansion cards of a small form factor.

Close