Linked by Howard Fosdick on Wed 23rd Nov 2011 07:20 UTC
Linux Tiny Core Linux is an 11 MB graphical Linux based on the 2.6 kernel, BusyBox, Tiny X, Fltk, and Flwm. It's a minimal but extendable distro that runs from memory and loads from any bootable device. Version 4.1 has just been released with many improvements detailed in the release announcement, including app upgrades and bug fixes. 4.1 continues Tiny Core's rapid evolution, which has seen point release upgrades every month or two.
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RE: No 64bit ?
by Morgan on Thu 24th Nov 2011 05:40 UTC in reply to "No 64bit ?"
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I don't think a multi-core, 64-bit machine with multiple GBs of RAM is the target environment for TCL. The team has created a useable, stable Linux based OS that is small enough to boot from the embedded Flash drive of an Intel-based NAS or thin client, yet scales up to a full fledged home computer quite nicely.

There are several projects out there that may interest you more, like BareMetalOS and MenuetOS.

Meanwhile, I'm quite happy with running TCL on my Wyse thin client as a fanless media server that also makes for a capable emergency nettop in a pinch. Plenty of "real use" right there. ;)

Edited 2011-11-24 05:52 UTC

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