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Last Update: 2023-04-12 17:09 UTC



Tiny Core Linux is a 16 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.

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Average visitor rating: 6.7/10 from 10 review(s).


Tiny Core Summary
Distribution Tiny Core Linux
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 • 2023-04-12: Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 14.0
 • 2022-01-31: Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 13.0
 • 2021-02-17: Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 12.0
 • 2020-02-09: Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 11.0
 • 2017-09-04: Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 8.1
 • 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"
 • More Tiny Core releases...

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Feature 14.0 13.1 12.0 11.1 10.1 9.0 8.2 7.2 6.4.1 5.4 4.7.7 3.8.4 2.11 1.4.3 Feature
Release Date 2023-04-12 2022-05-08 2021-02-17 2020-04-01 2019-06-19 2018-02-26 2017-09-23 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 16-163 16-163 14-206 14-206 11-106 12-180 10-83               Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO 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 Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
Default Desktop flwm flwm flwm flwm flwm flwm flwm flwm flwm flwm flwm flwm flwm JWM Default Desktop
Package Management TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486, x86_64 i486 armhf, i486 i486 i486 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software Busybox Busybox Busybox Busybox Busybox Busybox Busybox Busybox Busybox Busybox Busybox Busybox Busybox Busybox Init Software
Journaled File Systems                             Journaled File Systems
Multilingual en en en en en en en en en en en en en en Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 14.0 13.1                         Full Package List
Package 14.0 13.1 12.0 11.1 10.1 9.0 8.2 7.2 6.4.1 5.4 4.7.7 3.8.4 2.11 1.4.3 Package
abiword (3.0.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.5)
alsa-lib (1.2.9) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.2.9)
amdgpu (23.0.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- amdgpu (23.0.0)
bash (5.2.15) 5.2 5.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bash (5.2.15)
bind (9.18.15) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.18.15)
chromium (114.0.5735.90) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (114.0.5735.90)
cups (2.4.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- cups (2.4.3)
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.4.3-P1)
e2fsprogs (1.47.0) 1.46.5 1.46.4 1.45.6 1.45.4 1.44.4 1.43.7 1.43.3 1.42.13 1.42.12 1.42.7 1.41.14 1.41.11 1.39 1.39 e2fsprogs (1.47.0)
firefox (113.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- firefox (113.0.2)
freetype (2.13.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.4.7 2.4.4 -- -- freetype (2.13.0)
gcc (13.1.0) 12.2.0 11.2.0 10.2.0 9.2.0 8.2.0 7.2.0 6.2.0 5.2.0 4.9.1 -- -- -- -- -- gcc (13.1.0)
gimp (2.10.34) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.10.34)
glibc (2.37) 2.36 2.34 2.32 2.30 2.28 2.26 2.24 2.22 2.20 2.17 2.13 2.11.1 2.9 2.3.6 glibc (2.37)
gnome-shell (44.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (44.2)
gnucash (5.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (5.1)
gnumeric (1.12.55) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.55)
grub (2.06) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- grub (2.06)
gtk (4.10.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gtk (4.10.3)
httpd (2.4.57) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.57)
inkscape (1.2.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (1.2.2)
k3b (23.04.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (23.04.1)
kmod (30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (30)
krita (5.1.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (5.1.5)
libreoffice (7.5.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (7.5.3)
linux (6.3.5) 6.1 5.15.10 5.10.3 5.4.6 4.19.10 4.14.10 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 (6.3.5)
Package 14.0 13.1 12.0 11.1 10.1 9.0 8.2 7.2 6.4.1 5.4 4.7.7 3.8.4 2.11 1.4.3 Package
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.1)
mariadb (10.11.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.11.3)
mate-desktop (1.26.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.26.1)
mesa (23.1.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mesa (23.1.1)
mysql (8.0.33) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.33)
nautilus (44.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (44.2)
NVIDIA (530.41.03) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (530.41.03)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (20.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (20.0.1)
openssh (9.3p1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openssh (9.3p1)
openssl (3.1.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openssl (3.1.1)
perl (5.36.1) 5.36.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- perl (5.36.1)
php (8.2.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (8.2.6)
plasma-desktop (5.27.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.27.5)
postfix (3.8.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.8.0)
postgresql (15.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (15.3)
Python (3.11.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Python (3.11.3)
qt (6.5.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- qt (6.5.1)
samba (4.18.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- samba (4.18.3)
systemd (253.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (253.5)
thunderbird (102.11.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (102.11.2)
vim (9.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vim (9.0)
vlc (3.0.18) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.18)
wayland (1.22.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- wayland (1.22.0)
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.18.1)
xorg-server (21.1.8) -- -- 1.20.6 1.20.6 1.20.4 1.12.2 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 (21.1.8)

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Version: 14.0
Rating: 5
Date: 2023-04-15
Votes: 0


Good for hobby, bad for daily sorry. So thin program support. Basically, antiX have more more potential than tinycore, also antiX = Debian that's why you can use antiX like as Debian. With lightness... I think this distro is kinda useless sorry. Even Puppy has more potential. If you have not hobby like this, tinycore is;
Hard and useless. Cmon guys we have already;

antiX 22, 150 mb on idle
LXLE Focal, 230 mb on idle
Sparky minimal gui, 250 mb on idle
Bodhi, 220 mb on idle
Puppy Fossapup, 170 mb on idle

And... You can use these distros just like Ubuntu, Debian. Why you need tinycore?



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Version: 13.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2022-08-11
Votes: 24


Fantastic! Why? It's the lightest possible linux. You can basically install it on anything that's an electronic device. They have many projects available to help you as well! I am honestly surprised no one has created/sold a phone that has tiny core at it's heart!

Currently using newest version of tiny core to do exactly that.
I have it running on my old Nintendo GameCube. Xbox. Playstation. A really old digital watch. No errors yet.

I do advise anyone new to trying out Linux to seriously be careful where and how you install this. You can brick your device and ruin it permanently if you aren't careful (as with any other os install).

Do research the topics they offer on their websites. Many tutorials for complete beginners to avoid any sort of serious/expensive problems.


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Version: 13.1
Rating: 8
Date: 2022-05-12
Votes: 13


I revived an out-of-date laptop with the Tiny Core "CorePlus" version, simply booting from a SD card without installation. I needed to enable legacy BIOS as UEFI was not supported (at least it did not work with my laptop).

On this version, there is support for wifi with a very simple and effective wifi user interface. Also, when booting, you can choose from the Tiny Core's FLWM windows manager, or the more common Fluxbox, OpenBox and a few others.

To setup screen resolution and keyboard layout (I need French keyboard), I did the following :
1- In the Control panel, select Xvesa and choose the desired resolution
2- Exit to prompt
3- cd /usr/share/kmap and then find the directory for the keyboard layout needed
4- sudo loadkmap < [chose the right file name for your keyboard layout]
5- startx

Then, using the Apps graphical interface, I installed Firefox, Evince, Abiword, Midnight Commander and a few other applications and was ready to go! It is so lightweight that it browses faster than my other, much more recent, laptop. All that with a fairly recent linux kernel (5.15 series).

Downside is that there are not a lot of applications available from the repository, just the basics. However, with cloud based applications, this light approaches has advantages, including that you leave no trace on the computer when you turn it off. A very good alternative, lighter and more up-to-date, to Puppy Linux (which I also like a lot).


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