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Tiny Core Linux

Last Update: 2019-08-13 13:49 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: 82 (145), 6 months: 85 (142), 3 months: 85 (149), 4 weeks: 89 (158), 1 week: 82 (145)

Average visitor rating: 9.48/10 from 33 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
Documentation http://wiki.tinycorelinux.com/
Screenshots http://www.tinycorelinux.net/screenshots.htmlDistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://wiki.tinycorelinux.net/wiki:mirrors
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
Where To Buy

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 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"
 • 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"
 • More Tiny Core releases...

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  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • 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 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 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 11-106 12-180 10-83               Image Size (MB)
Free Download 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 Installation
Default Desktop flwm flwm flwm flwm flwm flwm flwm flwm flwm JWM Default Desktop
Package Management TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE Package Management
Release Model 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 armhf, i486 i486 i486 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software 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 Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List                     Full Package List
Package 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 (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- abiword (3.0.2)
alsa-lib (1.2.1.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.2.1.1)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (18.30)
bash (5.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bash (5.0)
bind (9.15.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.15.5)
chromium (78.0.3904.108) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (78.0.3904.108)
cups (2.3.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- cups (2.3.0)
dhcp (4.4.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (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 (1.45.4)
firefox (70.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- firefox (70.0.1)
freetype (2.10.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.4.7 2.4.4 -- -- freetype (2.10.1)
gcc (9.2.0) 8.2.0 7.2.0 6.2.0 5.2.0 4.9.1 -- -- -- -- -- gcc (9.2.0)
gimp (2.10.14) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.10.14)
glibc (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 (2.30)
gnome-shell (3.34.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.34.1)
gnucash (3.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (3.7)
gnumeric (1.12.46) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.46)
grub (2.04) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- grub (2.04)
gtk (3.24.12) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gtk (3.24.12)
httpd (2.4.41) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.41)
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.4)
k3b (19.08.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (19.08.3)
kmod (26) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (26)
krita (4.2.7.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.2.7.1)
libreoffice (6.3.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (6.3.3)
linux (5.3.11) 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 (5.3.11)
Package 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 (0.10.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.0)
mariadb (10.4.10) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.4.10)
mate-desktop (1.22.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.22.2)
mesa (19.2.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mesa (19.2.4)
mysql (8.0.18) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.18)
nautilus (3.34.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.34.1)
NVIDIA (440.31) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (440.31)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (13) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (13)
openssh (8.1p1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openssh (8.1p1)
openssl (1.1.1d) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openssl (1.1.1d)
perl (5.30.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- perl (5.30.1)
php (7.3.12) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.3.12)
plasma-desktop (5.17.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.17.3)
postfix (3.4.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.4.7)
postgresql (12.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (12.1)
Python (3.8.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Python (3.8.0)
qt (5.13.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- qt (5.13.2)
samba (4.11.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- samba (4.11.2)
systemd (243) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (243)
thunderbird (68.2.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (68.2.2)
vim (8.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.8)
xfdesktop (4.14.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.14.1)
xorg-server (1.20.5) 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 (1.20.5)

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Version: 10.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-11-18
Votes: 1


rundown with backup set to "YES" avoids leaving tracks on your hdd


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Version: 10.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2019-11-09
Votes: 2


tiny but extendable
ideal for usb-sticks
ideal for separate installations

very sparse .iso image but access to huge repository.

pro:
fast booting
rundown with backup set to "NONE" avoids leaving tracks on your hdd
cutting surfing tracks to small pieces

con:
a lot of RAM is required if you install many "big" tools like LibreOffice or even browsers like firefox.

help:
use different installations with appropriate extensions,
avoid installing programs that tend to create cross-reaction effects


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Version: 10.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-10-30
Votes: 1


Tiny. stable and boots in less than a second in qemu

~ Prem Anand


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