Originally Posted by szboardstretcher
AFIK there is no way to boot directly to the kernel using standard means, unless you have a UEFI capable computer(kernel 3.3+ only). You can google for instructions on how to do that.
I have a few devices with imbedded systems, and they all use a bootloader to load their boot images. If i remember correctly, they are using Lilo.
Any particular reason for wanting to boot directly into the kernel? You can always install a boot loader with a timeout of 0 so it looks like its booting directly.
i agree with szboardstretcher, unless there is a specific reason to do so, I wouldn't waste my effort, removing the boot loader makes installing updated kernels difficult at best, although you could look into coreboot
which would replace your board's firmware with an open source firmware implementation, though it would be more like putting the boot-loader into firmware rather than replacing the boot-loader, but depending on whether or not your board is supprted such might be a viable option.