GRUB vs LILO and how STUPID the X86 architecture really is...

Ian Molton spyro at
Mon Oct 14 14:01:18 PDT 2002

On Mon, 14 Oct 2002 16:54:06 -0400
Zack Winkles <sativa93 at> wrote:

> Actually that's wrong. The reason operating systems like Windows 2000 
> and XP and such can't boot linux is because they have already enabled 
> protected mode on the processor, but the 16-bit boot code in the linux
> kernel requires that it be started in real mode. This could be 
> attributed to yet another stupidity in the x86 processor line, but it 
> prevents booting of some operating systems from others, hence 
> disproving that statement.

Nothing to stop you re-entering real mode. (not that I recall though).

You'd probably need to be a driver to do it, but it must be possible,
because LINUX can do it.
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