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An afternoon in Tiny Core

May 14, 2010, 22:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven Rosenberg)

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"After slogging through Firefox in Ubuntu 10.04 for the morning, not the most satisfying experience on my 1.2 GHz Celeron system, I decided to run Tiny Core 2.11 in the afternoon.

"I added Firefox 3.6, Geany, gFTP, Pidgin, MtPaint, and I was ready to go.

"Compared to a "real" distribution like Ubuntu, Tiny Core has way fewer processes running on its much-more minimalist desktop, yet the way the apps sit in a doc at the bottom of the screen is very Macintosh OS X-like. Except here I have multiple desktops, many dozens of apps that can be installed by Tiny Core's package manager ... and I'm running a system that's as efficient as any I can remember. (Despite my aborted attempt to run Slitaz last week, I do remember that one as very, very fast and well-featured; I will try again)."

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