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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No 64bit ?
by bnolsen on Wed 23rd Nov 2011 15:48 UTC
bnolsen
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2006-01-06

Seems like there's only a 32 bit version. Makes me think this is better for a VM target than for real use.

Hopefully they come to offer a full 64bit environment in the future.

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RE: No 64bit ?
by Nico57 on Thu 24th Nov 2011 03:32 in reply to "No 64bit ?"
Nico57 Member since:
2006-12-18

You mean you want to run software that needs multiple gigabytes of memory on a 11MB OS? Seriously?

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RE[2]: No 64bit ?
by bnolsen on Fri 25th Nov 2011 17:06 in reply to "RE: No 64bit ?"
bnolsen Member since:
2006-01-06

Considering a single stick of 4GB costs less than 15USD and any non-atom processor manufactured since 2003-2004 has 64bit support I'd say 32bit only has bcome a niche platform.

Also I personally have need for a 64bit system this size, even if it would only be for a VM.

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RE: No 64bit ?
by Morgan on Thu 24th Nov 2011 05:40 in reply to "No 64bit ?"
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2005-06-29

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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