Welcome to The Core Project - Tiny Core Linux
The Core Project is a highly modular based system with community build extensions.
It starts with a 3.x Linux kernel, vmlinuz, and a 5MB core.gz.
Core an 8MB, live CD, is simply the kernel + core.gz - this CLI only system, is the foundation for user created desktops, servers, or appliances.
TinyCore, offered as a live CD, is simply the kernel + core.gz + Xvesa.tcz + Xprogs +fltk-1.10.tcz + FLWM Window Manager + wbar.tcz
TinyCore is not a complete desktop nor is all hardware completely supported. It represents only the core needed to boot into a very minimal X desktop typically with wired internet access. TinyCore becomes simply an example of what the Core Project can produce, an 12MB FLTK/FLWM desktop.
You can choose which hardware to support. You can elect to have certain software enabled at boot up. TinyCore offers software for desktops, netbooks, servers, and ARM devices. If you can't find the software you need, TinyCore supplies the tool chains (the building blocks) to allow you to compile most software.
CorePlus our installation CD, with its community packaged extensions, offers a simple way to install Core or TinyCore embedded, frugal, or to a pendrive.
During installation it allows choice of supported desktops, and includes wifi, all this while maintaining the Core principal of mounted extensions with full package management.
The latest version: 4.7.7
About Our Project
Our goal is the creation of a nomadic ultra small graphical desktop operating system capable of booting from cdrom, pendrive, or frugally from a hard drive. The desktop boots extremely fast and is able to support additional applications and hardware of the users choice. While Tiny Core always resides in ram, additional applications extensions can either reside in ram, mounted from a persistent storage device, or installed into a persistent storage device.
We invite interested users and developers to explore Tiny Core. Within our forums we have an open developement model. We encourage shared knowledge. We promote community involvement and community built application extensions. Anyone can contribute to our project by packaging their favorite application or hardware support to run in Tiny Core. The Tiny Core Linux Team currently consists of eight members who peruse the forums to assist from answering questions to helping package new extensions.
Join us here and on IRC Freenode #tinycorelinux.
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Robert Shingledecker, December 01, 2008