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)

SearchNetworking
  • throughput

    Throughput is a measure of how many units of information a system can process in a given amount of time.

  • traffic shaping

    Traffic shaping, also known as packet shaping, is a congestion management method that regulates network data transfer by delaying...

  • open networking

    Open networking describes a network that uses open standards and commodity hardware.

SearchSecurity
  • buffer underflow

    A buffer underflow, also known as a buffer underrun or a buffer underwrite, is when the buffer -- the temporary holding space ...

  • pen testing (penetration testing)

    A penetration test, also called a pen test or ethical hacking, is a cybersecurity technique that organizations use to identify, ...

  • single sign-on (SSO)

    Single sign-on (SSO) is a session and user authentication service that permits a user to use one set of login credentials -- for ...

SearchCIO
  • benchmark

    A benchmark is a standard or point of reference people can use to measure something else.

  • spatial computing

    Spatial computing broadly characterizes the processes and tools used to capture, process and interact with 3D data.

  • organizational goals

    Organizational goals are strategic objectives that a company's management establishes to outline expected outcomes and guide ...

SearchHRSoftware
  • talent acquisition

    Talent acquisition is the strategic process employers use to analyze their long-term talent needs in the context of business ...

  • employee retention

    Employee retention is the organizational goal of keeping productive and talented workers and reducing turnover by fostering a ...

  • hybrid work model

    A hybrid work model is a workforce structure that includes employees who work remotely and those who work on site, in a company's...

SearchCustomerExperience
Close