Tiny Core- A 10 MB Tiny Linux Desktop

Tiny Core Linux is a very small (10 MB) minimal Linux GUI Desktop. It is based on Linux 2.6 kernel, Busybox, Tiny X, and Fltk. The core runs entirely in ram and boots very quickly . Also offered is Micro Core a 6 MB image that is the console based engine of Tiny Core. CLI versions of Tiny Core’s program allows the same functionality of Tiny Core’s extensions only starting with a console based system.


The user has complete control over which applications and/or additional hardware to have supported, be it for a desktop, a netbook, an appliance, or server, selectable by the user by installing additional applications from online repositories, or easily compiling most anything you desire using tools provided.


I installed (You can find detailed installation instructions on the TinyCore website with screenshots.) TinyCore in my virtualbox for test,  boot time less than 3 seconds, i could install all needed applications. I found it a very lightweight linux desktop and very fast. I think is the best linux desktop for very old laptops


Installing applications in TinyCore

In this example i will try to install Chromium browser :

– First open Application browser

– Now choose the application you want to install, in my case i chosed Chromium Browser

– Chromium browser has been installed:)

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