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Tiny Core Linux -- A Minimal Distro with Big Possibilities

Mar 19, 2009, 19:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferrill)

"Tiny Core offers four basic modes of operation with varying degrees of persistence. The default mode is to boot into RAM and download applications over the Internet when you need to run them. Everything runs from RAM so nothing is left behind, including any settings or configuration information. Minimal hardware requirements include an i486DX processor (486 with math processor) and 32MB of RAM. A Pentium 2 or better processor with 128 MB of RAM is recommended.

"Modes two and three consist of using a Persistent Personal Repository (PPR) with either compressed or uncompressed extensions. The difference comes from loading applications from RAM (TCE) or from a compressed file stored in the PPR (TCZ). TCZ extensions use either cramfs or ziofs to minimize the storage requirements in the PPR. Another advantage of using the TCZ option is the ability to run applications when you don't have a network connection."

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