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boot 1

1. A durable covering for the foot and part or much of the leg, usually made of leather, fabric, plastic, or rubber.
2. A protective covering, especially a sheath to enclose the base of a floor-mounted gear shift lever in a car or truck.
3. Chiefly British An automobile trunk.
a. A kick.
b. Slang An unceremonious dismissal, as from a job. Used with the.
c. Slang A swift, pleasurable feeling; a thrill.
5. A Denver boot.
6. A marine or navy recruit in basic training.
7. Computers The process of starting or restarting a computer.
8. boots An instrument of torture, used to crush the foot and leg.
tr.v. boot·ed, boot·ing, boots
1. To put boots on.
2. To kick: booted the ball into the goal.
3. Slang To discharge unceremoniously. See Synonyms at dismiss.
4. Computers To start (a computer) by loading an operating system from a disk.
5. To disable (a vehicle) by attaching a Denver boot.
6. Baseball To misplay (a ground ball).

[Middle English bote, from Old French.]

boot 2

intr.v. boot·ed, boot·ing, boots
To be of help or advantage; avail.
1. Chiefly Southern & Midland US See lagniappe.
2. Archaic Advantage; avail.
to boot
In addition; besides: The new cruise ship was not only the biggest in the world, but the fastest to boot.

[Middle English boten, to be of help, from Old English bōtian, from bōt, help; see bhad- in Indo-European roots.]


The process of setting up all of the operating programs of a computer, section by section until complete and ready to operate.
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Bootloaders on Samsung devices are more difficult to install, as Samsung has two versions of its flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 - one powered by Exynos and one powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processors.
Almost all phones ship with locked bootloaders now, but some have support for user unlocking.
All OpenBIOS is doing is to load code bases like bootloaders and let the system run.
Customers who bought the device via Google Play will be receiving unlocked bootloaders and can uninstall the software.
Intended for developers experienced with C programming and basic networking, this volume discusses such topics as processor architectures, basics of the Linux kernel, bootloaders, MTD subsystems and BusyBox utilities.
Many Linux guides permeate the market, but few offer the focus on embedded processing which includes everything from file systems and bootloaders to cross-development and real time solutions.
95) appears in its updated fifth edition covering virtually anything a Linux programmer would need, from basic programming and network commands to quick references for bash, ksh, gawk and more, package management, bootloaders, and command-line utilities.
Our goal is to allow device developers to focus on their products instead of on the operating system, bootloaders and filesystem," said FSMLabs CTO Cort Dougan, "and clearly, support for JTAG debug is a fundamental component.
Carriers including Verizon and AT&T in particular tend to keep bootloaders on devices locked.
User modules take the configurable PSoC devices and create useful functions as diverse as counters, timers and PWMs, analog converters, both ADCs and DACs, communications links like UARTs, SPI and I2C, as well as comparators, programmable gain blocks, filters and even bootloaders.
Our goal is to allow device developers to focus on their products instead of on the operating system, bootloaders and filesystem," said FSMLabs CTO Cort Dougan, "and Blue Mountain's rapid adjustment to their first Linux product was another validation of our architecture.
Recognised XDA developer and contributor, krabappel2548, has released an advanced stock kernel for Xperia Z Ultra with unlocked bootloaders.