Tiny Core Linux

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Tiny Core Linux
Logo of TCL
Tiny Core Linux Desktop.png
Tiny Core Linux 5.x
Working stateCurrent
Source modelFree software / Open source
Latest release5.4 [1] / September 10, 2014; 19 days ago (2014-09-10)
Latest previewn/a
Available inEnglish
Package managerappbrowser (GUI) / tce (CLI)
Platformsx86, x86-64, armv7, Raspberry Pi
Kernel typeMonolithic
UserlandBusyBox
Default user interfaceFLWM
LicenseGPL v2 License[2]
Official websitetinycorelinux.net
 
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Tiny Core Linux
Logo of TCL
Tiny Core Linux Desktop.png
Tiny Core Linux 5.x
Working stateCurrent
Source modelFree software / Open source
Latest release5.4 [1] / September 10, 2014; 19 days ago (2014-09-10)
Latest previewn/a
Available inEnglish
Package managerappbrowser (GUI) / tce (CLI)
Platformsx86, x86-64, armv7, Raspberry Pi
Kernel typeMonolithic
UserlandBusyBox
Default user interfaceFLWM
LicenseGPL v2 License[2]
Official websitetinycorelinux.net

Tiny Core Linux (TCL) is a minimal Linux operating system focusing on providing a base system using BusyBox and FLTK, developed by Robert Shingledecker.[3] The distribution is notable for its size (15 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"[edit]

"Tiny Core" (15 MB) is the recommended option for new users who have a wired network connection. It includes the base Core system and a dynamic FLTK/FLWM graphical user interface.[4]

"Core" (9 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.[4]

"dCore" (10 MB) is a core made from Debian Wheezy compatible files that uses import and the SCE package format,[5] 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.

"Core Plus" (72 MB) is "an installation image and not the distribution".[4] It is composed of Tiny Core with additional functionality, most notably wireless support and non-US keyboard support.[4]

"piCore" is the Raspberry Pi port of "Core"

System requirements[edit]

Minimal configuration: Tiny Core needs at least 46 MB of RAM in order to run, and Core requires at least 28 MB of RAM. The minimum CPU is an i486DX.[6]

Recommended configuration: A Pentium 2 CPU and 128 MB of RAM are recommended for Tiny Core.[6]

Design philosophy[edit]

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."[7] As of version 2.8.1, the core is designed to run primarily in RAM but with three distinct modes of operation:

Release history[edit]

VersionStabilityRelease date
1.0Stable versionJanuary 5, 2009
2.0Stable versionJune 7, 2009
3.0Stable versionJuly 19, 2010
4.0Stable versionSeptember 25, 2011
4.7.7Stable VersionMay 10, 2013
5.0 [9]Stable VersionSeptember 14, 2013
5.0.1 [10]Current ReleaseOctober 1, 2013
5.0.2 [11]Current ReleaseOctober 18, 2013
5.1 [12]Current ReleaseNovember 28, 2013
5.2 [13]Current ReleaseJanuary 14, 2014
5.3 [14]Current ReleaseApril 19, 2014
5.4 [15]Current ReleaseSeptember 10, 2014

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