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What is meaning of booting?


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January 16, 2014 6:35AM

initial startup from nothing or an otherwise unknown system state.

the terms "boot", "booting", and "bootstrapping" are borrowed from the old phrase "he pulled himself up by his own bootstraps", meaning doing something entirely by oneself without anyone else's help. boots (e.g. cowboy boots) typically have a pair of leather loops on the top of each boot called bootstraps. when you put them on you pull these loops, either by hand or using boothooks passed through the loops. boots without bootstraps require assistance by another person to put them on.

since a computer is supposed to be automatic, one would expect it to be able to start without human assistance, thus it must "bootstrap" or "boot" (for short).