Alpha Miniloader Howto

v0.91, 1 March 2004

This document describes the Miniloader, a program for Alpha based systems that can be used to initialize the machine and load Linux. The Alpha Linux Miniloader (to give it it's full name) is also known as MILO.


Introduction

This document describes the Miniloader for Linux on Alpha AXP (MILO). This firmware is used to initialize Alpha AXP based systems, load and start Linux and, finally, provide PALcode for Linux. Please note that the prefered way of booting Linux is via SRM console and MILO should only be used if either there is no SRM console for your hardware (XL series) or your current hardware isn't supported by SRM.

Copyright

The Alpha Miniloader (MILO) HOWTO is copyright (C) 1995, 1996 David A Rusling, 2000 Richard Payne.

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