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The Gujin Boot-Loader Was Updated

Free Software

Published on 12 February 2012 06:48 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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For those wanting to do some technical exploring this weekend besides thinking about the Linux beer possibilities, version 2.8.5 of the Gujin GPL boot-loader was released a few days ago.

Not familiar with the Gujin boot-loader? Don't feel bad, it's not nearly as popular as GRUB, U-Boot, or others. Gujin though has been around for more than a decade of active development. This C-based PC boot-loader was originally designed to replace LILO and dynamically finds Linux kernel images and other bootable partitions and bootable disk images.

Gujin has a simple graphical user-interface with mouse-driven support and it can detect Windows, DOS, and BSD boot partitions too. Gujin supports chain-loading other boot-loaders too along with featuring the ability to load standard ELF files.

The new Gujin 2.8.5 release is the first of 2012 and it offers up a whole lot of bug-fixes. Among the fixes are for loading a kernel on highly-fragmented EXT2 partitions, various MBR problems, FAT probing, update to support PCI BIOS v3.0+, and various fixes for dealing with BIOS bugs. The release announcement can be found on the kernel mailing list.

For anyone wishing to give the Gujin boot-loader a try, there are 32/64-bit packages of this open-source boot-loader for Fedora and Ubuntu/Debian distributions. There's also more detailed information on Gujin at osdev.org. The project web-site for Gujin is on SourceForge.net.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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