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30 June 2009, 09:00

Tiny Core Linux 2.1 arrives

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Less than one month after the release of version 2.0, Tiny Core lead developer Robert Shingledecker has announced the availability of version 2.1 of Tiny Core Linux and Micro Core Linux. The 2.1 releases include several new features, updates and bug fixes. A new usbinstall command line tool installs Tiny Core or Micro Core to pendrive, usbhdd, usbzip, or usbext. Virtual hard drive has been updated to support persistent home on virtual hard drives. The addition of the hwmon and rfkill modules provide better laptop support and a new SquashFS module corrects the problem of spurious SquashFS errors at boot. The developers also note that the JWM extension menu has changed and now includes a single text file included in .jwmrc instead of multiple includes and that the minimum memory required during boot is now 48MB.

The minimalist desktop distribution is only about 11 MB in size and is based on the Linux kernel. Micro Core is a 7 MB separate ISO that's based on the same core as Tiny Core, but does not include the X environment. Tiny Core features the BusyBox tool collection and the core can run entirely in RAM. The distribution can be expanded to include additional applications with the help of online repositories.

More details about the release can be found in the release announcement. Tiny Core 2.1 and Micro Core 2.1 are available to download and can be installed from a LiveCD or LiveUSB drive to a hard drive.

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