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 However, as GRUB Legacy is obsolete (we have moved development to GRUB 2 for several years), and no future release is planned, Multiboot is now provided in a separate source tarball.
released on 24 December 2009
This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 4 January 2010.