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a loader (running under DOS) for LINUX kernel images

LOADLIN-1.6 is highly adaptable to different DOS configurations, and now has very few loading restrictions. It makes use of extended memory and also can load big kernels (bzImages) and ramdisk images (initrd) directly high.

LOADLIN also can load out of Virtual-86 mode (which is normal when using EMS drivers) if a VCPI server is present.

Package version:1.6a-3


lodlin for Debian

You will find loadlin.exe.gz in /usr/lib/loadlin. Copy that file
plus a kernel (and optionally ramdiskc contents) to your dos partition,
and ungzip it with gzip -d loadlin.exe.
Read the instructions and then you should be able to boot Linux
from DOS.

One additional tool is included in the loadlin package:

freeramdisk	Frees up a allocated ramdisk

Martin Mitch


loadlin (1.6a-3) frozen unstable; urgency=low

  * Update to standards version
  * Strip freeramdisk binary.
  * Install link for freeramdisk manpage.

 -- Martin Mitchell <>  Wed,  1 Apr 1998 01:21:45 +1000

loadlin (1.6a-2) unstable; urgency=low

  * Fix strange permissions in installed docs. (#14436)
  * Upstream changelog installed correctly. (#9663)

 -- Martin Mitch


loadlin is available from
and from

                    GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE
                       Version 2, June 1991

loadlin was originally debianized by
Christoph Lameter on October 1, 1996

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