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DistroWatch.com: Tiny Core Linux

Tiny Core Linux

Last Update: 2017-09-23 05:06 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: 56 (193), 6 months: 50 (221), 3 months: 40 (249), 4 weeks: 28 (345), 1 week: 47 (218)

Average visitor rating: 9.33/10 from 18 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:
 • 2017-09-04: 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 8.2 7.2 6.4.1 5.4 4.7.7 3.8.4 2.11 1.4.3 Feature
Release Date 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 10-83               Image Size (MB)
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
Release Model 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 armhf, i486 i486 i486 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software 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 Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List                 Full Package List
Package 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 (1.1.4.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.1.4.1)
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ati-driver (16.40)
bash (4.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bash (4.4)
bind (9.11.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.11.2)
chromium (61.0.3163.100) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (61.0.3163.100)
cups (2.2.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- cups (2.2.4)
dhcp (4.3.6) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.3.6)
e2fsprogs (1.43.6) 1.43.3 1.42.13 1.42.12 1.42.7 1.41.14 1.41.11 1.39 1.39 e2fsprogs (1.43.6)
firefox (55.0.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- firefox (55.0.3)
freetype (2.8.1) -- -- -- -- 2.4.7 2.4.4 -- -- freetype (2.8.1)
gcc (7.2.0) 6.2.0 5.2.0 4.9.1 -- -- -- -- -- gcc (7.2.0)
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.8.22)
glibc (2.26) 2.24 2.22 2.20 2.17 2.13 2.11.1 2.9 2.3.6 glibc (2.26)
gnome-shell (3.26.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (3.26.0)
gnucash (2.7.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (2.7.0)
gnumeric (1.12.35) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.35)
grub (2.02) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- grub (2.02)
gtk+ (3.22.21) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gtk+ (3.22.21)
httpd (2.4.27) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.27)
inkscape (0.92.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (0.92.2)
k3b (17.08.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (17.08.1)
kmod (24) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (24)
libgnome (2.32.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libgnome (2.32.1)
libreoffice (5.4.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- libreoffice (5.4.1)
linux (4.13.3) 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 (4.13.3)
Package 8.2 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 (10.2.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (10.2.8)
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.18.0)
mesa (17.2.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mesa (17.2.1)
mysql (5.7.19) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (5.7.19)
nautilus (3.26.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (3.26.0)
NVIDIA (384.69) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (384.69)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (8u144) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (8u144)
openssh (7.5p1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openssh (7.5p1)
openssl (1.1.0f) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openssl (1.1.0f)
perl (5.26.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- perl (5.26.1)
php (7.1.9) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (7.1.9)
plasma-desktop (5.10.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.10.5)
postfix (3.2.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.2.2)
postgresql (9.6.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (9.6.5)
Python (3.6.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Python (3.6.2)
qt (5.9.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- qt (5.9.1)
samba (4.7.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- samba (4.7.0)
systemd (234) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (234)
thunderbird (52.3.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (52.3.0)
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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9.3
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Version: 8.1.1
Rating: 7
Date: 2017-09-14
Votes: 1


Tinycore Linux is a good distro for old computers. It run on most of the old PC. I like it.


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 7.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-09-13
Votes: 0


Version 7.2 is latest that runs on Compaq LTE 5300, Intel Pentium 133MHz with 80MB RAM.


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Version: 8.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-09-05
Votes: 7


Installed the 8.1 version yesterday (9/4/17) with the 16mb Tiny core. I've been using Tiny Core since the beginning. It was my 1st Linux Distro, and I will use no other. Simply put, my all time favorite Distro. Everything just works, even though some extensions are outdated. No need for me to use anything else.


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