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Tiny Core Linux Fits On Anything

Have an old, small flash drive laying around?  Here’s a Linux distro that can fit in even the smallest storage.

While most geeks rely on DSL to get a quick Linux fix from a flash drive or Live CD, we’ve come across an even lighter distro.  Tiny Core Linux is a very lightweight distro based on Linux 2.6 kernel, Busybox, Tiny X, and Fltk, and it only takes up 11 Mb.  You won’t want to use it for your standard desktop OS, but it’s a great option to keep on any sized flash drive, even one so small you couldn’t find any other use for.  And you can install more apps from any repository via the included Appbrowser.

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  • Published 10/7/10

Comments (6)

  1. neoelasticman

    I just found this distro and put it on a flash drive yesterday, what a coincidence that How-To Geek found it the next day!

    With my version, I took it one step further. I created it as a virtual machine using Portable VirtualBox.

    I’m still working out an issue where it ran fine on the computer I used to do everything, but won’t run on my netbook. But I think that’s more user error (I undid and redid the virtual machine multiple times) and probably not the program’s fault.

  2. gbhildebrand

    Hi, I just signed up to your newsletter to learn more about computers. I read this article and have no idea what it is about.

  3. Roi

    This is an “etc..”. “etc..”s are random interesting links they find.
    This is a Linux distro (distribution) and it talks about how tiny it is that it can fit on any USB drive.

  4. edmenje

    I have used TinyCore before (maybe I’ll go back again for another round when I get the time) and let me tell you that this is not a distro for anyone that wants a complete desktop system out of the box. If you want that keep to Ubuntu. I still have one copy on a USB drive and run it in Qemu, a terminal emulator, on machines not equipped to boot from USB, or when at home I run a copy in VirtualBox.
    Part of what makes TinyCore so small is that you only get the linux kernel, a small window manager and a couple of basic tools like a file manager and an app browser. Everything else is installed as needed. One of the great things about this approach is that you don’t need to have apps you never use included on the system, but part of the downside of it is the steep learning curve needed to get everything running just the way you want it (I fried quite a few virtual installs on trying to get it to suit my needs) but if you have the determination and patience to get into it and really learn the foundations of linux go for it. The TC community is active and very helpful to newcomers and will help you solve any problems you may have. I really enjoyed the time working with Tinycore and learned quite a bit in the process, that was, until other projects demanded my time. This is by far the best and most flexible of the smaller linux distros.

  5. Itchy Flea

    “Here’s a Linux distro that can fit in even the smallest storage.”
    From the looks of it, it won’t fit on my floppy disc. Talk about false advertising…

    Just kidding.

    I haven’t even looked at it, just found this page now. I will look at it at a later date, but from the reply left by ‘edmenje’, it sounds pretty good considering its small size.

  6. Veckia

    Tiny Core is perfect for home made seedboxes… =D

    I’m using a thin client with DOM 64MB (for TC System) + HD 80 GB (for files) with BitStormLite + SMB + ntfs-3g + Fluff.


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