Basic Input/Output System
The low level code that gets things rolling. I was interested in reading about The Linux BIOS. One early problem the developers had was that it got running so quickly that the hard drives weren't yet ready! From the FAQ:
The LinuxBIOS gunzip's the Linux kernel straight out of NVRAM and essentially requires no moving parts other than the fan. It does a minimal amount of hardware initialization before jumping to the kernel start and lets Linux do the rest. As a result, it is much faster (current record 3 seconds), which has sparked interest in the consumer electronics community as well. Moreover, updates can be performed over the network.
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