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What is the difference between GRUB and LILO?

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Brendan

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Answered Dec 30, 2020

GRUB and LILO's main difference is that GRUB can be used for various operating systems, while LILO is utilized only for the Linux operating system. GRUB supports multiple operating systems, while LILO only supports the Linux operating system. GRUB is new, while LILO is not. GRUB supports Linux, Unix, Mac OS, BSD, Solaris, and Windows operating systems, and GRUB is more intricate than LILO. It is comprised of a GUI menu option. A bootloader for Linux was the default boot loader for most Linux distributions in the years after the popularity of the load in scenario. It only supports the Linux operating system, and it does not have a GUI menu option.
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C. Hughes

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Answered Dec 22, 2020

GRUB and LILO are both known to be boot loaders. GRUB can be used for DOS, vSTA, and Linux. It can also be used for other types of operating systems. LILO, on the other hand, is the boot loader that can be exclusively used for Linux. They are similar in the sense that they will be able to boot operating systems from external devices.

LILO is simpler to use as compared to GRUB. This makes it the choice of people who are still starting to familiarize themselves with the boot operating system. People would choose GRUB now more because this is the newer boot loader. It will be able to offer more features as compared to what LILO can offer.

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Anthony Paul Bonadio

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Answered Dec 18, 2020

GRUB and LILO are used as boot loaders, and GRUB means Grand Unified Bootloader. LILO had always been known to be a generic boot loader for Linux; GRUB refers to a boot loader that can be used for DOS, vSTA, Linux, and several other operating systems.

You can make use of both LILO and GRUB to boot your operating systems right from external devices, such as hard drives and floppy disks. One other major difference that comes between them here is that LILO does not allow booting from a network, but that is not so for GRUB.

There is a need to reinstall LILO back to the MBR if the configuration file is altered, while GRUB maintains its command-line interface by default. When the difficulty in terms of the use of the two is being compared, LILO is actually found to be easier and simpler to use, but GRUB seems to be more complicated. GRUB is actually the new boot loader for Linux, while LILO was the one in use by default.

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L. Agate

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Answered Dec 11, 2020

LILO is the abbreviation for Linux loader, which is a boot loader employed in Linux operating systems. LILO can boot up to 16 operating schemes from floppy disks and hard disks because it is not reliant on a particular file system. The user can place LILO in either Master Boot Record or the boot sector of a partition, and LILO was employed as the default boot loader in Linux until 2001.

It is now contained in the list of downgraded packages. GRUB, on the other hand, is a boot loader created from the GNU project. GRUB, or Grand Unified Bootloader, is the default boot loader used in most Linux systems today. GRUB has taken the place of LILO in the last few years and has superior technical support.

LILO cannot boot from the network, while GRUB can. GRUB has improved the interactive command-line interface. LILO only permits a single command with arguments. It is much easier to correct the configuration file in GRUB.

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K. Gibson

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Answered Dec 03, 2020

GRUB simply stands for Grand Unified Bootloader. It can help to boot operating systems that are developed by DOS, Mach4, Linux, Vista, and several other operating systems. GRUB can load kernels in several binary formats, entered in a recognized state, thus making it easier for users to use.

It enables users to choose the kernel configuration they want in the partition of an operating system. It has no need for geometry translation and also supports multiple executable formats. On the other hand, LILO is known to be a generic boot loader used for Linux.

This is the code that is loaded by BIOS at startup into the computer memory. LILO can also boot an operating system through an external source, such as a hard disk or floppy disk. It permits users to start OS/2, Windows, DOS, and other configs from Linux. LILO was actually replaced by GRUB as the default boot loader for Linux.

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Answered Nov 27, 2020

GRUB simply stands for Grand Unified Bootloader, and it has the ability to boot operating systems that are developed by Mach4, DOS, Linux, vSTA, and several other operating systems. It helps to load kernels in various binary formats, in which they are entered in a recognized state, thus making it easy for new users. You can find various options present in the configuration file, which permits users to multiboot, using the operating systems installed in the computer, and also make a choice on the kernel configuration that you want to use in the partition of the operating system. On the other hand, LILO refers to a generic boot loader that is used for Linux. This is the code that is loaded at startup into the computer by the BIOS. It can also boot an operating system by accessing an external source. It can also help to write a Master Boot Record on a device. It can locate kernels and start them up after loading them in the memory.
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Answered Nov 18, 2020

LILO and GRUB are known to have some differences that may not be obvious at first glance. LILO will not have an interactive command interface. GRUB will have an interactive command interface. Another thing that you will notice is that LILO will not support booting from a different network other than what you are used to. GRUB will support booting from a different network. Let us say that you need to change your LILO config file, you need to make sure that you will rewrite the boot loader so that this will work. You do not have to do the same thing when you are using GRUB. GRUB can be used for different operating systems while LILO can only be used for Linux.
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Charlie Rogers

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Charlie Rogers, Manager, Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS), Lexington, Kentucky

Answered Jul 23, 2020

There are many software programs that can be used to startup a computer. Two of them are LILO and GRUB. GRUB stands for Grand Unified Bootloader. It an be used on a number of different operating systems, such as DOS, Mach4, Linux, and vSTA. LILO stands for Linux Loader.

It does not have the ability to work on all those operating systems, for it only works with Linux. Another difference between them is how they can be used. GRUB has the ability to launch the operating system from the computer, while LILO does not. One of the reasons why GRUB has this feature is because it is newer.

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P. Halah

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Answered Jul 20, 2020

GRUB and LILO are being used by people right now. GRUB is being used in various operating systems while LILO can only be used in Linux which means that it is more limited as compared to GRUB. Another main difference between the two is the time when both were made. It is obvious that LILO has been around for a long time because it has been around as long as Linux.

GRUB and LILO are being used by people right now. GRUB is being used in various operating systems
GRUB is rather new. When it comes to technical support, a lot of people are saying that GRUB still remains to be the champion. This is probably because it is new and it already knows what to do in order to prove the services that people would like to have. LILO has been tested by a lot of file systems though and it is still very effective.

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Bergeront Tiffney

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Bergeront Tiffney, Computer Engineer, M. Tech, Southeast Montgomery

Answered Jul 13, 2020

As you are aware that there are a lot of software programs that can be used to boot the operating system of a computer, GRUB or Grand Unified Bootloader and LILO are just two of these software programs out of many others that exist. One of the major differences between GRUB and LILO is that the former was developed by DOS, Linux, vSTA, Mach4, and many other operating systems, whereas LILO was solely developed by Linux.

As you are aware that there are a lot of software programs that can be used to boot the operating
What this means is that; while GRUB can be used by different operating systems, LILO can only work on Linux. Another difference is that, although both support booting of operating systems from external devices such as hard drives and floppy disks, you can also use GRUB to boot the operating system of your computer from a network. In contrast, LILO does not support this. Out of the two, GRUB is the newer boot loader for Linux.

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