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Tiny Core Linux – the very small operating system


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Tiny Core Linux is a very very small Linux distro which could probably fit on the end of your thumb if your thumb was a computer and it had a disc drive under the fingernail and there was a way to…well you get the picture. When I say small, ladies and gentlemen, I mean 10 MB. Yep mega. Frightening. The whole thing runs from RAM and has gotta be a fun way to waste an afternoon with a memory stick.

 Tiny Core Linux is a very small (10 MB) minimal Linux Desktop. It is based on Linux 2.6 kernel, Busybox, Tiny X, Fltk, and Jwm. The core runs entirely in ram and boots very quickly. It is not a complete desktop nor is all hardware completely supported. It represents only the core needed to boot into a very minimal X desktop typically with wired internet access. The user has complete control over which applications and/or additional hardware to have supported, be it for a desktop, a netbook, an appliance, or server, selectable by the user by installing additional applications from online repositories, or easily compiling most anything you desire using tools provided.

 Tiny Core Linux   the very small operating system

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.



  • snoop911

    Very interesting.. I wonder how it compares with other small distros like DSL.

    I know some floppydistros (BasicLinux, tomsrtbt , etc) don't usually include X windows

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