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 A software program for initiating the operation of a computer. 
-The function of the program is to set up the input and output (I/O) devices and load the OPERATING SYSTEM from a disk , cassette, or built-in [ROM]. 
+The function of the program is to set up the input and output ([ I/O] ) devices and load the OperatingSystem, commonly from a HardDisk. Once upon a time , the medium might also have been a cassette, or built-in [ROM]. 
 Because the computer gets itself up and going from an inert state, it could be said to lift itself up "by its own bootstraps" -- this is where the term [Boot] originates. 
+Other computer systems are also said to have a bootstrap. For example when writing a [Compiler] written in the ProgrammingLanguage that the [Compiler] compiles (think about it for a second), it is necessary to have either a CrossCompiler or a BootStrap -- a program written in a different language ([Assembler] in the worst case scenario) which can be used to compile a cut-down version of the [Compiler] initially. Of course, once even a bare-bones version of the new [Compiler] runs on the new platform it can be used to compile more sophisticated versions of the [Compiler]. Given the choice, cross-compilation is usually preferred.