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Tiny Core Linux

Last Update: 2018-04-14 02:21 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: 86 (137), 6 months: 88 (130), 3 months: 86 (139), 4 weeks: 83 (148), 1 week: 75 (147)

Average visitor rating: 9.46/10 from 24 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
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, 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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  • 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 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 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 12-180 10-83               Image Size (MB)
Free Download 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 Installation
Default Desktop flwm flwm flwm flwm flwm flwm flwm flwm JWM Default Desktop
Package Management TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE TCE Package Management
Release Model 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 armhf, i486 i486 i486 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software other other other other other other other other other Init Software
Journaled File Systems                   Journaled File Systems
Multilingual en en en en en en en en en Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List                   Full Package List
Package 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 (1.1.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.1.7)
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (18.30)
bash (4.4.18) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bash (4.4.18)
bind (9.13.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.13.5)
chromium (71.0.3578.98) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (71.0.3578.98)
cups (2.2.10) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- cups (2.2.10)
dhcp (4.4.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.4.1)
e2fsprogs (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 (1.44.4)
firefox (64.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- firefox (64.0)
freetype (2.9.1) -- -- -- -- -- 2.4.7 2.4.4 -- -- freetype (2.9.1)
gcc (8.2.0) 7.2.0 6.2.0 5.2.0 4.9.1 -- -- -- -- -- gcc (8.2.0)
gimp (2.10.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.10.8)
glibc (2.28) 2.26 2.24 2.22 2.20 2.17 2.13 2.11.1 2.9 2.3.6 glibc (2.28)
gnome-shell (3.30.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.30.2)
gnucash (3.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (3.3)
gnumeric (1.12.44) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.44)
grub (2.02) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.24.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gtk+ (3.24.2)
httpd (2.4.37) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.37)
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.3)
k3b (18.12.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (18.12.0)
kmod (25) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (25)
krita (4.1.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (4.1.7)
libreoffice (6.1.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (6.1.3)
linux (4.19.9) 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 (4.19.9)
Package 9.0 8.2 7.2 6.4.1 5.4 4.7.7 3.8.4 2.11 1.4.3 Package
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.9.3)
mariadb (10.3.11) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.3.11)
mate-desktop (1.20.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.20.3)
mesa (18.3.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mesa (18.3.1)
mysql (8.0.13) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.13)
nautilus (3.30.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.30.5)
NVIDIA (415.18) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (415.18)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (10.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (10.0.2)
openssh (7.9p1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openssh (7.9p1)
openssl (1.1.1a) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openssl (1.1.1a)
perl (5.28.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- perl (5.28.0)
php (7.3.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.3.0)
plasma-desktop (5.14.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.14.4)
postfix (3.3.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.3.2)
postgresql (11.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (11.1)
Python (3.7.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Python (3.7.1)
qt (5.12.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- qt (5.12.0)
samba (4.9.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- samba (4.9.3)
systemd (239) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (239)
thunderbird (60.3.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (60.3.3)
vim (8.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vim (8.1)
vlc (3.0.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.4)
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.12.4)
xorg-server (1.20.3) 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 (1.20.3)

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Version: 9.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-09-24
Votes: 0


Very tiny, but surprisingly complete for my needs. Excellent..!!


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Version: 9.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-06-08
Votes: 8


My best bet for pi zero w. Thanks for this excelent work.


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Version: 9.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-05-24
Votes: 8


I've been using TCL since release 5.4 and sometimes I chuckle aloud because I'm so tickled with it.

Definitely stay current with it to benefit by more recent hardware support, like whatever it takes to get your wifi adapter working. This was the biggie for me in the latest 9.0 release. That plus a recent kernel.

I use it with a wide variety of thin clients I have. On the low end, All releases of TCL have run lickedky split from a frugal install on a machine with 100mb of available ram and a 256mb DOM. This is a perfect targer for TCL.

gcc has problems finding its libraries (for me) in 9.0, but who expects TCL to be a developer environment.

Remember that unless you intentionally save something from ram to disk, rebooting gives you a fresh start from any(?) ill-fated adventure.


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