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linux_on_power_boot_loader

Linux on Power boot loader

Two different boot loaders are available depending on the Linux distribution and version:

1. Yaboot

  • Yaboot is a boot loader for PowerPC-based hardware running Linux, particularly New World ROM Macintosh systems. It is built to run within the Open Firmware layer of such systems.
  • Acronym for “yet another boot loader”.
  • Project homepage: http://yaboot.ozlabs.org/
  • Latest version: V1.3.17 (released October 18th, 2011)

2. GRUB (version 2)

  • GNU GRUB is a boot loader package from the GNU Project. GRUB is the reference implementation of the Free Software Foundation's Multiboot Specification.
  • Acronym for GNU “GRand Unified Bootloader“
  • Latest version: V2.02 (released April 26th, 2017)

The following table details which Linux on Power boot loader is employed by which Linux distribution (LE denotes the little endian variant of the Linux distribution whereas BE denotes the big endian variant):

Linux distribution Version Boot loader
RHEL (BE) ≤ 6.X Yaboot
RHEL/CentOS (LE + BE) ≥ 7.X GRUB2
SLES ≤ 11.X Yaboot
SLES ≥ 12.X GRUB2
Ubuntu (BE) ≥ 14.04 Yaboot
Ubuntu (LE) ≥ 14.04 GRUB2
Fedora ≤ 16 Yaboot
Fedora ≥ 17 GRUB2
OpenSUSE / Leap ≥ 12.3 GRUB2
Debian (BE) ≤ 7.X Yaboot
Debian (LE) ≥ 8.X GRUB2