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Date:      Sun, 20 Sep 2020 16:54:53 +0200
From:      Ralf Mardorf <>
Subject:   Re: Dual-booting/triple-booting FreeBSD under UEFI
Message-ID:  <20200920165453.78d03bdd@archlinux>
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On Sun, 20 Sep 2020 16:28:33 +0200, Polytropon wrote:
>On Sun, 20 Sep 2020 03:53:10 +0200, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
>> A business technology news website spreading inaccurate news isn't
>> required to get informed about known vulnerabilities.  
>If they aren't even able to get (or interested in getting) the
>terminology correct... if I remember correctly, what GRUB does
>is called a "boot manager" (thing that usually interactively
>selects from different operating systems to boot, or configures
>the boot of one operating system, by setting boot parameters or
>kernel options). GRUB does this even in Linux-only installations.
>A boot loader can be a standard MBR, without any interactivity,
>that loads an operating system. This is the typical situation
>on systems running FreeBSD exclusively.
>Or is there a different definition or consensus of the words?

IMO it's correct to call grub a "boot loader", too.

"Boot loader

A boot loader is a piece of software started by the firmware (BIOS or
UEFI). [snip] A separate boot loader or boot manager can still be used
for the purpose of editing kernel parameters before booting." -

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