Talk:The Linux Boot Sequence
This write-up is lookin' great, but needs some qualifiers. An x86 architecture is assumed in a lot of places, and should be noted early on. Indeed most Linux installations go on x86 based machines, but FG Portland (the Mothership) also puts Ubuntu Linux on PowerPC machines (Macs), for which the Boot Sequence is not quite the same. Hopefully someone will add a PPC Boot Sequence article someday...maybe even me.
If you are describing the sequence for Ubuntu, please note that as of version 6.10 (Edgy), the use of 'init' is being replaced with something called 'upstart'. The migration is still in transition, but a major side effect is that the file /etc/inittab does not exist from Edgy forward. If the article addresses 'most Linux distributions' or 'Linux distributions in general', or even 'Ubuntu Linux through version 6.04 (Dapper)', please indicate that. Tonyr - 21 May 2007 10:50AM PDT
Thanks ever so much for the feedback, Tony. I have tried to insert stubby sorts of comments into the narrative to point up these things. Actually, one place I might move on to from my basic Build experience is Mac Build, so I might even be researching these things myself. -- Deldotvee - 21 May 2007 12:01PM PDT
Then maybe we'll be talking more in future. FYI, I misspoke about one thing. The file /etc/inittab does not exist by default in later versions, but can be created by the user, for things like entering a different runlevel at boot. -- Tonyr 21 May 2007 12:24PM PDT