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16.3.38 linux16

Command: linux16 file …

Load a Linux kernel image from file in 16-bit mode. The rest of the line is passed verbatim as the kernel command-line. Any initrd must be reloaded after using this command (see initrd16).

The kernel will be booted using the traditional 16-bit boot protocol. As well as bypassing problems with ‘vga=’ described in linux, this permits booting some other programs that implement the Linux boot protocol for the sake of convenience.

This command is only available on x86 systems.