Tiny Core Linux is a very small (10 MB) minimal Linux Desktop. It is based on Linux 2.6 kernel, Tiny X, Busybox, 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 nettop, an appliance, or server, selectable from our online repository.
Tiny Core Linux, not being a complete Desktop, requires the internet to access to our repository of applications. Everyone should take the time to read this document and understand the design philosophy behind Tiny Core Linux. This will insure a more pleasant experience.[ Key Features ] Very Small
. At 10 megabytes, Tiny Core is 1/400 to 1/100 the size of the most widely used operating systems in the world (even compared to most Linux distros). That makes Tiny Core flexible enough to be stored and run from usb sticks, a just-about-full CD, or even embedded devices. hardware. Linux
. Tiny Core uses the Linux Kernel and a set of command-line (text interface) tools including busybox. A GUI Desktop
. Tiny Core has a flexible and fully-customizable Graphical User Interface Desktop. Mouse, keyboard, and screen support basically works out-of-the-box thanks to FLWM, the FLTK Desktop. You can also quickly install and try out a variety of other desktops and interfaces including Fluxbox, XFCE, OpenBox, IceWM, Joe's WM, LXDE, and others. Minimal
. Tiny Core does not 'ship' with most end-user software. Instead, Tiny Core lets you quickly and easily compare, select, download, and install your preferred web browser, word processor, music player, and other software. Unusually Stable
. Every time Tiny Core loads, it is brand-spanking new. That means Tiny Core just doesn't get a blue screen. Instead of installing programs into the system file space and risking damage to the system files, Tiny Core uses program 'extensions' that are re-prepared at each reboot ... and they are prepared fast. Unusually Fast
. Unlike most operating systems, the Tiny Core can run completely from RAM. Individuals with RAM to spare can even use Tiny Core to load and run their programs from RAM (you didn't know your computer could run Open Office and Firefox so quick). Experienced users can still install Tiny Core to disk, but Tiny Core can run in 48 megabytes of RAM ... or less. Internet ready
. Tiny Core almost always finds your network card right right away. You'll be adding applications and tools after an unusually quick boot. You can even come back here and ransack the forums if you find you need help. Available even smaller
. Linophiles that get things done without a GUI can get the MicroCore, a version of Tiny Core without X that is under 7 MB. An open source community
. Tiny Core is under active community development, led by a team of really dedicated people. You can find answers and ask questions in the forum, add your own experiences to the wiki, help add extensions (programs) to the Tiny Core Repository, and read enough Tiny Core to make your head spin.[ Types of "Cores" ]
" (8MB) (or 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.
" (12 MB) variant is the recommended option for new users who have a wired network connection. "It includes the base Core system plus X/GUI extensions for a dynamic FLTK/FLWM graphical desktop environment." as written on the Tiny Core Linux Project's website.
" (64 MB) is like the "Tiny Core" variant but also provides the following : "7 Window Manager options, Wireless support via many firmware files and ndiswrapper, an installer, non-US keyboard support, and a remastering tool".[ Related Link ]Screenshots of Tiny Core DesktopsFrugal Install Tiny Core LinuxHow to get started using TC (Tiny Core Linux) and applicationsTiny Core Linux User ForumsTiny Core Linux Frequently Asked QuestionsTiny Core Mirrors Stations around the roundTiny Core Linux Wiki[ Official Download ]