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Linux boot

A Linux boot process is the initialization of the Linux open source operating system on a computer. Also known as the Linux startup process, a Linux boot process covers a number of steps from the initial bootstrap to the launch of the initial user-space application.

While specific Linux boot initialization steps and commands vary depending on the Linux distribution that is being installed, the startup process generally runs from the BIOS, to boot loader, to kernel, to scheduler, and finally to Init, which initializes the user environment for user interaction and login.

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