Can I boot Linux without GRUB/Lilo/other (single disk/single OS setup)
I am setting up new machine from scratch to use Linux, which I will bootstrap myself - i.e. no distribution used. I am trying to learn Linux, but have experience with hardware and am a C/C++ programmer, plus I have read a fair share of Linux material.
I want the system to boot silently straight to desktop/shell, without any menus, since I only will be having a single harddrive and a single OS - Linux.
Can one boot the system without a bootloader such as GRUB or Lilo? Can i put the kernel image somewhere on the drive and trust that it will bootstrap the OS? If, so how can it be done?
IF, and only IF it cannot be done, can one configure GRUB or Lilo to boot non-interactively?
The machine is a new Thinkpad T61 2007 model, the drive is a SATA 100Gb Seagate drive.