From Free Software Directory
Jump to: navigation, search


a specification document which attempts to unify bootloading across Operating System kernels.

Multiboot is a specification document which attempts to unify bootloading across Operating System kernels. Its reference implementation, GNU GRUB, is the most widely deployed free software bootloader, as a consequence of this and its clean, legacy-free design, it is a widely adopted specification for new OS kernel projects. Among a number of editorial improvements, this version of Multiboot includes a rewrite of the `multiboot.h' header, which has been imported from GRUB sources. This header is more complete than the previous version, and is licensed under permissive terms as a compromise to foster the development of Multiboot-compliant kernels. Previous versions of Multiboot were released with the same source tarball as GRUB Legacy. However, as GRUB Legacy is obsolete (we have moved development to GRUB 2 for several years), and no future release is planned, Multiboot is now provided in a separate source tarball.



Verified by

Verified on


Verified by

Kelly Hopkins

Verified on

4 January 2010

Leaders and contributors

Robert Millan Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Debian (Ref)

Software prerequisites


"Debian (Ref)" is not in the list (General, Help, Bug Tracking, Support, Developer) of allowed values for the "Resource audience" property.

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the page “GNU Free Documentation License”.

The copyright and license notices on this page only apply to the text on this page. Any software or copyright-licenses or other similar notices described in this text has its own copyright notice and license, which can usually be found in the distribution or license text itself.