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Tiny Core Linux


Last Update: 2024-02-22 17:05 UTC


Tiny Core Linux is a 16 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: 73 (137), 6 months: 72 (150), 3 months: 88 (116), 4 weeks: 85 (115), 1 week: 83 (111)

Average visitor rating: 6.82/10 from 11 review(s).


Tiny Core Summary
Distribution Tiny Core Linux
Home Page http://www.tinycorelinux.net/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2024-02-25: Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 15.0
 • 2023-04-12: Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 14.0
 • 2022-01-31: Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 13.0
 • 2021-02-17: Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 12.0
 • 2020-02-09: Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 11.0
 • 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
 • More Tiny Core releases...

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alsa-lib (1.2.12) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- alsa-lib (1.2.12)
amdgpu (23.0.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- amdgpu (23.0.0)
bash (5.2.21) 5.2 5.2 5.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bash (5.2.21)
bind (9.18.27) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.18.27)
chromium (126.0.6478.126) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (126.0.6478.126)
cups (2.4.10) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- cups (2.4.10)
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- dhcp (4.4.3-P1)
e2fsprogs (1.47.1) 1.47.0 1.46.5 1.46.4 1.45.6 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 (1.47.1)
firefox (128.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- firefox (128.0)
freetype (2.13.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2.4.7 2.4.4 -- -- freetype (2.13.2)
gcc (14.1.0) 13.2.0 12.2.0 11.2.0 10.2.0 9.2.0 8.2.0 7.2.0 6.2.0 5.2.0 4.9.1 -- -- -- -- -- gcc (14.1.0)
gimp (2.10.38) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gimp (2.10.38)
glibc (2.39) 2.38 2.36 2.34 2.32 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 (2.39)
gnome-shell (46.3.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (46.3.1)
gnucash (5.8) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (5.8)
gnumeric (1.12.57) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.57)
grub (2.12) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- grub (2.12)
gtk (4.14.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gtk (4.14.4)
httpd (2.4.61) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.61)
inkscape (1.3.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (1.3.2)
k3b (24.05.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (24.05.2)
kmod (32) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (32)
krita (5.2.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (5.2.3)
LibreOffice (24.2.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- LibreOffice (24.2.5)
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mesa (24.1.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mesa (24.1.3)
mysql (9.0.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (9.0.0)
nautilus (46.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (46.2)
NVIDIA (555.58) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (555.58)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (22) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (22)
openssh (9.8p1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openssh (9.8p1)
openssl (3.3.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openssl (3.3.1)
perl (5.40.0) -- 5.36.0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- perl (5.40.0)
php (8.3.9) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (8.3.9)
plasma-desktop (6.1.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (6.1.2)
postfix (3.9.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.9.0)
postgresql (16.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (16.3)
Python (3.12.4) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Python (3.12.4)
qt (6.7.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- qt (6.7.2)
samba (4.20.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- samba (4.20.2)
systemd (256.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (256.2)
thunderbird (127.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- thunderbird (127.0)
vim (9.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vim (9.1)
vlc (3.0.21) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.21)
wayland (1.23.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- wayland (1.23.0)
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.18.1)
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Version: 15.0
Rating: 8
Date: 2024-03-11
Votes: 12


This is a nice and small Linux distro for older PCs. TinyCore Linux is a highly efficient operating system, particularly suitable for Pentium 2 and older x86 machines. While it may require some unconventional setup, it delivers impressive performance on such hardware. However, it's important to set realistic expectations: if you're running TinyCore on overpowered hardware and anticipating an Ubuntu-like experience, you may be approaching it incorrectly. Embrace its lightweight nature and leverage its strengths for optimal results.


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Version: 14.0
Rating: 5
Date: 2023-04-15
Votes: 0


Good for hobby, bad for daily sorry. So thin program support. Basically, antiX have more more potential than tinycore, also antiX = Debian that's why you can use antiX like as Debian. With lightness... I think this distro is kinda useless sorry. Even Puppy has more potential. If you have not hobby like this, tinycore is;
Hard and useless. Cmon guys we have already;

antiX 22, 150 mb on idle
LXLE Focal, 230 mb on idle
Sparky minimal gui, 250 mb on idle
Bodhi, 220 mb on idle
Puppy Fossapup, 170 mb on idle

And... You can use these distros just like Ubuntu, Debian. Why you need tinycore?



Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 13.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2022-08-11
Votes: 36


Fantastic! Why? It's the lightest possible linux. You can basically install it on anything that's an electronic device. They have many projects available to help you as well! I am honestly surprised no one has created/sold a phone that has tiny core at it's heart!

Currently using newest version of tiny core to do exactly that.
I have it running on my old Nintendo GameCube. Xbox. Playstation. A really old digital watch. No errors yet.

I do advise anyone new to trying out Linux to seriously be careful where and how you install this. You can brick your device and ruin it permanently if you aren't careful (as with any other os install).

Do research the topics they offer on their websites. Many tutorials for complete beginners to avoid any sort of serious/expensive problems.


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