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DistroWatch.com: Tiny Core Linux

Tiny Core Linux

Last Update: 2017-04-10 05:39 UTC


Tiny Core Linux is a 12 MB graphical Linux desktop. It is based on a recent Linux kernel, BusyBox, Tiny X, Fltk, and Flwm. The core runs entirely in memory and boots very quickly. 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 the project's online repository.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 69 (169), 6 months: 68 (173), 3 months: 75 (138), 4 weeks: 77 (138), 1 week: 71 (146)

Average visitor rating: 9.54/10 from 13 review(s).


Tiny Core Summary
Distribution Tiny Core Linux
Home Page http://www.tinycorelinux.net/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://forum.tinycorelinux.net/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://wiki.tinycorelinux.com/
Screenshots http://www.tinycorelinux.net/screenshots.htmlDistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://wiki.tinycorelinux.net/wiki:mirrorsLinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker --
Related Websites Wikipedia
Reviews 7.x: FOSS ForceLWN
5.x: DistroWatch
4.x: DistroWatch
3.x: Linux UserBlogspot
2.x: Linux Magazine
1.x: DistroWatchLinuxPlanet
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-04-10: Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 8.0
 • 2016-05-23: Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 7.1
 • 2016-02-24: Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 7.0
 • 2015-05-31: Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 6.3
 • 2015-05-05: Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 6.2
 • 2015-03-08: Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 6.1
 • 2015-01-21: Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 6.0 "piCore"
 • 2014-05-21: Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 5.3 "piCore"
 • 2014-04-20: Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 5.3
 • 2014-03-17: Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 5.2.1 "piCore"
 • 2014-02-26: Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 5.2 "piCore"
 • 2014-01-28: Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 5.1 "piCore"
 • More Tiny Core releases...

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  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.

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Feature 8.0 7.2 6.4.1 5.4 4.7.7 3.8.4 2.11 1.4.3 Feature
Release Date 2017-04-10 2016-07-05 2015-11-04 2014-09-10 2013-05-10 2011-09-01 2010-05-02 2009-05-25 Release Date
End Of Life                 End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
CDs 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 CDs
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop flwm flwm flwm flwm flwm flwm flwm JWM Default Desktop
Package Management TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE Package Management
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486 armhf, i486 i486 i486 i386 Processor Architecture
Journaled File Systems                 Journaled File Systems
Multilingual en en en en en en en en Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List                 Full Package List
Package 8.0 7.2 6.4.1 5.4 4.7.7 3.8.4 2.11 1.4.3 Package
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.1.4.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.1.4.1)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bash (4.4)
bind (9.11.1-P3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.11.1-P3)
chromium (60.0.3112.78) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (60.0.3112.78)
cups (2.2.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- cups (2.2.4)
dhcp (4.3.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.3.5)
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.43.3 1.42.13 1.42.12 1.42.7 1.41.14 1.41.11 1.39 1.39 e2fsprogs (1.43.4)
firefox (54.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- firefox (54.0.1)
freetype (2.8) -- -- -- -- 2.4.7 2.4.4 -- -- freetype (2.8)
gcc (7.1.0) 6.2.0 5.2.0 4.9.1 -- -- -- -- -- gcc (7.1.0)
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.25) 2.24 2.22 2.20 2.17 2.13 2.11.1 2.9 2.3.6 glibc (2.25)
gnome-shell (3.24.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.24.3)
gnucash (2.6.17) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.6.17)
gnumeric (1.12.35) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.35)
grub (2.02) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.17) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gtk+ (3.22.17)
httpd (2.4.27) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.27)
inkscape (0.92.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.1)
k3b (17.04.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (17.04.3)
kmod (24) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.3.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (5.3.4)
linux (4.12.3) 4.8.18 4.2.9 3.16.6 3.8.10 3.0.21 2.6.33.3 2.6.29.1 2.6.26 linux (4.12.3)
Package 8.0 7.2 6.4.1 5.4 4.7.7 3.8.4 2.11 1.4.3 Package
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxde-common (0.99.2)
mariadb (10.2.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.7)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.1.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mesa (17.1.5)
mysql (5.7.19) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (5.7.19)
nautilus (3.24.2.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.24.2.1)
NVIDIA (384.59) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (384.59)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u141) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u141)
openssh (7.5p1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openssh (7.5p1)
openssl (1.1.0f) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openssl (1.1.0f)
perl (5.26.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- perl (5.26.0)
php (7.1.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.1.7)
plasma-desktop (5.10.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.10.4)
postfix (3.2.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.2)
postgresql (9.6.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (9.6.3)
Python (3.6.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Python (3.6.2)
qt (5.9.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- qt (5.9.1)
samba (4.6.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- samba (4.6.6)
systemd (234) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (234)
thunderbird (52.2.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (52.2.1)
vim (8.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vim (8.0)
vlc (2.2.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (2.2.6)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.12.2 1.12.2 1.12.2 1.12.2 1.9.3 (6.6.1) (6.6.1) (6.6.1) xorg-server (1.19.3)

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
9.5
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Version: 8.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-06-27
Votes: 5


Very fast Linux Distro, that is easy to set up, and for its size, it works great. The only 2 cons I can think of is, that on Virtual Box, I can't get it to full screen resolution, and some of the videos don't play. Otherwise, it's a perfect little Distro.


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Version: 8.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-06-23
Votes: 0


Excellent. By far the best small linux, better than damsn small and better than puppy.


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Version: 8.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-06-10
Votes: 2


It does what it needs to do, and that's why it's great.
Tested this in a VitualBox with 8 times the ram it needs, and
*shifts into maximum override*
This is speed: x
This is Tiny Core: xx
It is beyond speedy, I love it. If you have a computer with below 128mb of ram, GET THIS. Debian says it can run on that, but for MAXIMUM OVER- I mean performance, you should get this.
Of course, I'll be sticking with Debian because I have a bit of ram to burn!


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