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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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All OpenBIOS is doing is to load code bases like bootloaders and let the system run.
Recognised XDA developer and contributor, krabappel2548, has released an advanced stock kernel for Xperia Z Ultra with unlocked bootloaders.
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.
Similarly, Timesys's LinuxLink offers a highly customizable embedded Linux development environment that allows developers to easily mix and match kernel, toolchain, packages and bootloaders to build just the right Linux distribution for their embedded projects.
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.
Atmel offers a library of IAP routines as well as running Bootloader examples to customers wanting to build their own Bootloaders, thereby reducing overall development time and thus time-to-market.
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.
The key feature of the toolkit is, it works on both locked and unlocked bootloaders.
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.
Lenard awarded damages in the signal theft case after granting DIRECTV's motion for summary judgment in a civil lawsuit filed by DIRECTV against Simpson following a raid on his Miami home and the seizure of two illegal devices, known as bootloaders, in December 2001.