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Does anyone know what LILO stands for and what it exactly does during the boot process?
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LILO stands for LInux LOader. Without getting too technical, the BIOS (when you first start your computer, the BIOS is what deals with the raw hardware input/output) calls up a boot loader (in this case, LILO) to take care of loading the software. LILO takes control, and boots the Linux kernel.
If you've ever tried to boot a computer with no OS loaded, or without a boot loader, you'll pass the BIOS, then sit at a black screen with a blinking cursor. LILO gives you the option of booting from multiple boot images, be it Linux, Windows, OS/2, etc...

This may be more clear and helpful to you:
http://www.ibiblio.org/mdw/HOWTO/mini/LILO-2.html
 

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