Tiny Core Linux
Tiny Core Linux 5.0
|Source model||Free software / Open source|
|Latest stable release||5.0.2  / October 18, 2013|
|Latest unstable release||n/a|
|Package manager||appbrowser (GUI) / tce (CLI)|
|Supported platforms||x86, x86_64|
|Default user interface||BusyBox, FLWM|
|License||GPL v2 License|
Tiny Core Linux (TCL) is a minimal Linux operating system focusing on providing a base system using BusyBox and FLTK, developed by Robert Shingledecker. The distribution is notable for its size (12 MB) and minimalism, with additional functionality provided by extensions. Tiny Core Linux is free and open source software and is licensed under the GNU General Public License version 2.
Types of "Cores"
"Core" (8 MB) (also known as "Micro Core Linux") is a smaller variant of Tiny Core without a graphical desktop, though additional extensions can be added to create a system with a graphical desktop environment.
"dCore" (10 MB) is a core made from Debian Wheezy compatible files that uses import and the SCE package format, the new generation self-contained package format for the Tiny Core distribution since 5.x series.
"CorePure64" is a notable port of "Core" to the x86_64 architecture. Currently there is no released ISO image, but the kernel and initrd are available for download at the "ports" page of the official site.
The developers describe TCL as "a nomadic ultra small graphical desktop operating system capable of booting from cdrom, pendrive, or frugally from a hard drive." As of version 2.8.1, the core is designed to run primarily in RAM but with three distinct modes of operation:
- "Cloud" or Internet mode — A "testdrive" mode using a built-in appbrowser GUI to explore extensions from an online application extension repository loaded into RAM only for the current session.
- TCE/Install — A mode for Tiny Core Extensions downloaded and run from a storage partition but kept as symbolic links in RAM.
- TCE/CopyFS — A mode which installs applications onto a Linux partition like a more typical Linux installation.
|1.0||Stable version||January 5, 2009|
|2.0||Stable version||June 7, 2009|
|3.0||Stable version||July 19, 2010|
|4.0||Stable version||September 25, 2011|
|4.7.7||Stable Version||May 10, 2013|
|5.0 ||Stable Version||September 14, 2013|
|5.0.1 ||Current Release||October 1, 2013|
|5.0.2 ||Current Release||October 18, 2013|
|5.1 ||Current Release||November 28, 2013|
- Comparison of Linux live distributions
- Lightweight Linux distribution
- List of Linux distributions that run from RAM
- "Tiny Core v5.0.2". Tiny Core Linux Forum. Retrieved November 11, 2013.
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- "Robert Shingledecker's Projects". Retrieved June 6, 2012.
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- Robert Shingledecker (December 1, 2008). "Welcome to The Core Project - Tiny Core Linux". Retrieved June 6, 2012.
- Robert Shingledecker. "Tiny Core: Core Concepts". Retrieved June 6, 2012.
- Official website
- Tiny Core Linux at DistroWatch
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- "Tiny Core 4.5.....Almost In Love With A Core.!!". YouTube. Retrieved September 13, 2012.
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