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Gummiboot: A Simple UEFI Boot Manager

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Published on 12 July 2012 06:25 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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For those looking to experiment with UEFI support on Linux, one of the alternatives to GRUB2 and efilinux is Gummiboot. The Gummiboot UEFI boot manager is an up and coming choice that's under active development for playing with EFI images.

Gummiboot is a FreeDesktop.org project that's mentioned on this Wiki page. "gummiboot is a simple UEFI boot manager which executes configured EFI images. The default entry is selected by a configured pattern (glob) or an on-screen menu. gummiboot operates on the EFI System Partition (ESP) only. Configuration file fragments, kernels, initrds, other EFI images need to reside on the ESP. Linux kernels need to be built with CONFIG_EFI_STUB to be able to be directly executed as an EFI image."

Gummiboot relies upon generic yet simple boot loader configuration files that reside on the EFI System Partition and does support an on-screen menu.

The Git code for this project is found in the FreeDesktop.org CGit place. Gummiboot has seen a number of revisions to it in recent days since its initial import just two weeks ago. A majority of the current Gummibotoo development is handled by Kay Sievers and Harald Hoyer, both of which are Red Hat employees.

That's about it to talk about for now with this brand new open-source boot manager project.

About The Author
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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