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27 November 2009, 12:10

Tiny Core Linux 2.6 arrives

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Tiny Core lead developer Robert Shingledecker has announced the availability of version 2.6 of Tiny Core Linux. Tiny Core is a minimal Linux distribution that's only about 10 MB in size and is based on the 2.6 Linux kernel. The latest release includes several bug fixes, changes and updates.

The 2.6 maintenance release features a new select utility that replaces dialog, updates to the Fast Light Window Manager (FLWM) menu and rebuildfstab has been updated to drop extra mount points. Additionally, support has been dropped for Encrypted Home, which encrypted a users home directory, and for ziofs/cramfs, as all of the extensions are now SquashFS. Shingledecker also notes that users must have their .tcz extensions collection updated before installing the release.

The minimalist desktop distribution features the BusyBox tool collection and a minimal graphics system based on TinyX and JWM. The core can run entirely in RAM, allowing for very quick booting. With the help of online repositories, Tiny Core Linux can be expanded to include additional applications.

More details about the release can be found in the change log. Tiny Core 2.6 is available to download and can be run or installed from a LiveCD or LiveUSB drive. An installation guide is also provided.

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