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[2]: More than tiny is Menuetos
by Morgan on Thu 24th Nov 2011 05:51 UTC in reply to "RE: More than tiny is Menuetos"
Morgan
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See my post above. 32-bit minimal OSes certainly have their place, just not necessarily on one's main desktop.

For example, I have a Wyse x86-based thin client that is quite efficient and useable with Tiny Core Linux installed to the 32MB internal Flash chip, and a USB drive for storage. It's a great media server but it would also do well as a general purpose second machine or as a fallback when the main rig dies. It's portable enough to take to someone else's house and attach an existing keyboard, mouse and monitor for a nice web browsing machine without the risks involved in borrowing their machine for the duration.

Apart from CPU-intensive tasks, there really are very few things it can't do compared to a modern 64-bit system. Yet if I had the "nothing but 64 bits" mentality it would have ended up in the trash heap a long time ago. Thanks to TCL it continues to serve a purpose.

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