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What is Limine?

Limine is an advanced multiprotocol x86/x86_64 BIOS and UEFI bootloader that supports Linux, multiboot1 and 2, the stivale protocols, and chainloading.

What is a bootloader for?

A bootloader is an essential piece of software which takes over the computer after the firmware relinquishes control of the system. It is the job of the bootloader to find an operating system to boot and perform all the operations needed in order to get the operating system's kernel and modules up and running.

Why Limine?

Limine is lightweight, elegant, fast, and the reference implementation of the stivale and stivale2 boot protocols.

Why not GRUB? GRUB is an amazing piece of software, but Limine's and stivale(2)'s main target audience is operating system and kernel developers that want to use a boot protocol which supports modern features which GRUB's aging multiboot protocols do not (or do not properly).

Getting Limine

Please refer to the and files in the repository for further instructions regarding installation and configuration.