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Hands-on Booting

Learn the Boot Process of Linux, Windows, and Unix

  • Covers all the popular operating system such as Linux, Windows, and Unix

  • Includes a project on installations and booting of Linux, Windows, and Unix on one system

  • Explains fixing un-bootable issues through rescue mode


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Yogesh Babar
    Pages 1-4
  3. Yogesh Babar
    Pages 5-131
  4. Yogesh Babar
    Pages 133-181
  5. Yogesh Babar
    Pages 183-205
  6. Yogesh Babar
    Pages 207-234
  7. Yogesh Babar
    Pages 235-283
  8. Yogesh Babar
    Pages 285-392
  9. Yogesh Babar
    Pages 393-411
  10. Yogesh Babar
    Pages 413-434
  11. Yogesh Babar
    Pages 435-457
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 459-468

About this book


Master the booting procedure of various operating systems with in-depth analysis of bootloaders and firmware. The primary focus is on the Linux booting procedure along with other popular operating systems such as Windows and Unix.

Hands-on Booting begins by explaining what a bootloader is, starting with the Linux bootloader followed by bootloaders for Windows and Unix systems. Next, you’ll address the BIOS and UEFI firmware by installing multiple operating systems on one machine and booting them through the Linux bootloader. Further, you’ll see the kernel's role in the booting procedure of the operating system and the dependency between kernel, initramfs, and dracut. You’ll also cover systemd, examining its structure and how it mounts the user root filesystem. In the final section, the book explains troubleshooting methodologies such as debugging shells followed by live images and rescue mode. 

On completing this book, you will understand the booting process of major operating systems such as Linux, Windows, and Unix. You will also know how to fix the Linux booting issues through various boot modes. 

You will:

  • Examine the BIOS and UEFI firmware 
  • Understanding the Linux boot loader (GRUB)
  • Work with initramfs, dracut, and systemd
  • Fix can’t-boot issues on Linux   


Booting Operating System CPU BIOS Windows XP Solaris Red Hat Linux Kernel Dracut

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.PuneIndia

About the authors

Yogesh has been with Red Hat for the past 10 years. He is presently working as a principal technical support engineer in the Linux kernel domain. He specializes in troubleshooting and tuning the performance issues of Linux enterprise servers. The Linux boot process is his forte and he regularly speaks at open source conferences and forums. He also conducts workshops on operating systems for engineering students.

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