User:Pointone/Overviews

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Implemented

Access control

Users and groups are used on GNU/Linux for access control. The superuser (root) has complete access to the operating system and its configuration; it is intended for administrative use only. Unprivileged users can use the su and sudo programs for controlled privilege escalation.

Boot process

In order to boot Arch Linux, a Linux-capable boot loader must be installed to the Master Boot Record or the GUID Partition Table. It is the first piece of software started by the BIOS or UEFI. It is responsible for loading the kernel with the wanted kernel parameters, and initial RAM disk before initiating the boot process.

Note: Loading Microcode updates requires adjustments in boot loader configuration. [1]

Feature comparison

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Reason: Fill in the unknowns. (Discuss in User talk:Pointone/Overviews#)
Name Firmware Multi-boot File systems Notes
BIOS UEFI Btrfs ext4 ReiserFS v3 VFAT XFS
GRUB Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes On BIOS/GPT configuration requires GRUB BIOS boot partition.
systemd-boot No Yes Yes No No No No No Cannot launch binaries from partitions other than ESP.
syslinux Yes Partial Partial without: multi-device volumes, compression, encryption without: 64bit feature, encryption No Yes v4 on MBR only No support for certain file system features [2]
EFISTUB No Yes N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
rEFInd No Yes Yes without encryption without: 64bit feature, encryption Yes Yes No
Clover No Yes Yes No Unknown No Yes No
LILO Yes No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown deprecated
GRUB Legacy Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes v4 only deprecated
NeoGRUB Yes No Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown

See also

Graphical user interface

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Networking

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Package management

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Ideas

Common applications

System recovery

Sound