This is a non-FreeBSD specific term. It features in this wiki for reference.
The BIOS, short for Basic Input/Output System, is a program stored in a special chip on almost all motherboards especially i386 based systems. It is the first thing the CPU executes when powered on and sets the computer into a stable state with which to begin loading an operating system.
Some BIOS programs permit the user to change the settings affecting the way the system will boot, typically in which order to boot the physical drives. A typical example would be to set the CD-ROM (or DVD-ROM) drive to boot before the hard drive in order to setup an operating system, and then change it back following the installation.
Early IBM compatible PC-based operating systems, such as DOS and initial versions of Windows, used the BIOS to access the physical hardware on the computer such as reading and writing to hard drives, accessing the serial ports and putting text onto the screen. Modern operating systems, FreeBSD included, now utilise drivers to access the hardware and the BIOS simply exists to start the operating system's boot loader.
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Over the weekend, brothers Cayden and Connor Long joined hundreds of other children as they competed in the first annual New England Kids Triathlon in Cambridge. The boys did not win the event -- they didnt even come close. But that didnt stop them from winning hearts across the Internet. The Long brothers are not your typical triathletes. Six-year-old Cayden has cerebral palsy and can neither walk nor talk. But thanks to the dedication of his older brother, Connor, the young boy has participated in several triathlons. A touching video