On SPARC and Ultra SPARC workstation and server systems, silo is used to load the kernel image.

Silo falls into the category of new-generation loaders that are able to read filesystems natively - but silo only supports ext2, iso9660 and ufs filesystems. So the choise for the filesystem holding the kernel images is quite limitted ...

Clean Install

In T2 Linux the silo package installs a STONE module which can configure and install lilo automatically.

Configuration Example for Manual Installation

The layout of configuration file /etc/silo.conf is quite simple. The file might contain multiple image section specifying the kernel image to load, with optional arguments thereafter. With 'root=' the system's root device needs to be specified, 'label=' specifies the name used by silo to refer to this configuration and 'read-only' specifies that the root device should be mounted read only by default. So a basic configuration looks like:

image = /boot/vmlinux64.gz
        root = /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part2
        label = t2

A quite unique feature of silo are architecture dependent kernel images. The architecture comma separated and specified in brackets ('[]') behind the image keyword:

image[sun4u] = /boot/vmlinux64.gz
        label   = install
        initrd  = /boot/initrd.img


Using this feature, it is possible to create CDs boot-able on 32bit and 64bit SPARC systems.

The silo executeable must only be run when silo is first installed into the boot sector.