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01 June 2009, 09:02

Tiny Core Linux 2.0 RC4 released

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The Tiny Core developers have announced the availability of the fourth release candidate (RC) of Tiny Core Linux 2.0. Tiny Core is only about 10 MB in size and is based on the 2.6 Linux kernel. The RC4 release now includes Micro Core, a new 7 MB separate ISO that's based on the same core as Tiny Core, but does not include the X environment.

Tiny Core Linux features the BusyBox tool collection and a minimal graphics system based on Tiny X and JWM (Joe's Window Manager). The mini-distribution can be expanded to include additional applications with the help of online repositories. The system can boot from a CD or a USB drive and then be installed to a hard drive.

The release includes the Linux kernel, version 2.9 of the GNU C Library (glibc) and virtual drive support. JWM has now returned, by popular demand, as the default window manager for Tiny Core and support for ".core." elements (specialised SquashFS system components that load before any extensions) has been added. The developers advise users not to use Tiny Core 1.x extensions with TC 2.x as the modules and libraries have all changed.

More details about the fourth release candidate of version 2.0 and Micro Core can be found in the RC4 announcement. Tiny Core 2.0 RC4 is available to download for testing. A release date for the final version of Tiny Core Linux 2.0 has yet to be announced.


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