Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Thinking Small With Tiny Core Linux

Filed under

I recently had the need to build a virtual appliance, a small Linux server that did one thing, and required no interaction. And by small, I mean really small, tiny. After considering the options and searching around a bit, I found the Tiny Core Linux, and when they say tiny, they mean it. The Tiny Core download is only 12MB.

Tiny Core Linux is meant to be a minimalist desktop operating system. The main download includes a window manager, a text editor, and thats about it. The desktop includes a Mac-like dock at the bottom of the screen, and in the dock is an application to download and install more applications. However, for my purposes, I did not need the GUI, all I needed was a server. So I downloaded and installed the tc-install tool, launched it and installed the OS into a very small virtual machine.

rest here

More in Tux Machines

Curious about Linux? Try Linux Desktop on the Cloud

Linux maintains a very small market share as a desktop operating system. Current surveys estimate its share to be a mere 2%; contrast that with the various strains (no pun intended) of Windows which total nearly 90% of the desktop market. For Linux to challenge Microsoft's monopoly on the desktop, there needs to be a simple way of learning about this different operating system. And it would be naive to believe a typical Windows user is going to buy a second machine, tinker with partitioning a hard disk to set up a multi-boot system, or just jump ship to Linux without an easy way back. Read more