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Tiny Core Linux – Sometimes Size Does Matter

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Today I’m taking a look at Tiny Core Linux. The standard Tiny Core has an image size of 16MB. That includes a graphical user interface! Almost no CPU usage and used around 50MB of RAM during this video. For the ultimate minimalist.

Dan Duby, this is for you!



One of the most active members in the Linux community here on YouTube, Serge, suggested the following fix for me. In Virtualbox, go to the motherboard tab and choose PS/2 mouse. Seems to work now! Thanks, Serge!


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36 thoughts on “Tiny Core Linux – Sometimes Size Does Matter

  1. This distro is severely lacking. Even though it runs on old computers and is even lower in resource requirements than Puppy Linux, it has no persistence drive and also you cannot stream or watch YouTube videos on it (even after downloading Firefox or Chromium). It's good for maybe checking your email, doing online banking, or reading the news. Nothing more.

  2. I'm sure by now you've probably figured this out, but just in case…the mouse issue is solved by selecting the option of "Mouse Integration". At the bottom right corner of virtual box window is an mouse icon. Right click on that and make sure mouse integration is selected. When it is, and you click inside the window, your mouse is now only captured inside the Virtual Window. The only way out is to hit the Host hot-key. In my case, it is the right-CTRL key. I know this, because it is also printed at the far bottom right corner of the virtual box.

  3. Stop using virtual box. Use qemu with the virtual machine manager called virt-manager. You'll find much better performance, better networking, and better support for different architectures.

  4. Live USB is what this system is made for!!! I can promise you that the real-time on this system from USB is outrageous enough to warrant another video. Please make another video of this system (VMware has a reputation of hid issues). This is the 'secret, I want wine windows 3.1 – 98 & XP software library with no overhead OS.'

  5. Has anyone put this on a tablet? And then perhaps run android apps on it?

    Six days now. If I asked a stupid question, then say so straight out, right here. I guarantee you won't hurt my feelings.

  6. Boy this brings back memories… When live distros were first becoming popular, there was an OS called MenuetOS that fit on a floppy disk. We had fun with that on the computers in school back in the day.

  7. Thanks. This would be great on a Raspberry Pi. Maybe to use with Web2Py as a mimimalist self-contained web server/dev enviro. Love the remastering feature too. Very handy for single purpose IoT apps.

  8. I was going to install dam small Linux but I’m going to do this is this good for gaming just out of Curiosity I’m going to try this on gaming pc for laughs and giggles

  9. M8, you should use qemu with KVM to avoid that mouse problem (related to resolution changes). VirtualBox might be faster, but it SUCKS with lower resolutions (won't even stretch to your monitor and will destroy the mouse movement bad, like it did for you).

    And can't record a stream? I don't know what is on their repos, but if you didn't know you can use ffmpeg to record sound from the mic and mpv/mplayer to record from the webcam. I don't know any distro who wouldn't have both of those. Using them together they work as good as your recording stream tools.

  10. DT, I have a question, when you did your bling the terminal video, and I said there s no neo fetch in Tiny Core you said to build it from source, can you build from source OBS and Simple Screen Record the same way???

  11. Hi DT, It's been a few years since I played with Tiny Core but, as I recall, persistence is an option. I think it requires some fiddling during the install process but I am sure the TC boffin could configure it later. I seem to recall that I set up persistence in a separate partition on the thumb-drive that I was using. Unfortunately I found the documentation to be as minimalist as the OS. I did find the wiki helpful. In the end finding out which drivers I needed (& getting them) got the better of me. I retreated to my 'bloated' 260MB remaster of TahrPup. I have it configured just the way I want & it has been running like a charm for several years now. I have not yet looked at Xenial Puppy… Still getting over the shock & sense of outrage that it is now over 300MB!!! 😮

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