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16 June 2011, 11:18

Tiny Core Linux 3.7 brings "multi-Core" ISOs

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Tiny Core Logo Tiny Core lead developer Robert Singledecker has published version 3.7 of the minimal Tiny Core Linux distribution. According to the project's homepage, the theme for the latest release is "improved integrity and interoperability".

Tiny Core Linux 3.7 is based on the Linux kernel and includes a new kernel module for NTFS to base that allows it read access to NTFS partitions; rebuildfstab has also been updated to support the NTFS-3G read/write driver. Other changes include new icons for Editor and Run, version 6.62 of the LibFreeType font library, and updates to the Control Panel (cpanel), AppsBrowser and AppsAudit.

Zoom Tiny Core Linux 3.7 in action.
The update also introduces Starter Packs. For example, the GUI installation program and necessary support extensions are now packaged together in "install.gz" and all of the tools typically required to get connected, including a tiny Wi-Fi manager, are included in "network.gz". Compared to previous versions, the developers have now created a new "multi-Core" ISO image that contains both the Tiny Core & Micro Core installations, as well as the Network Tools Edition. The multi-core ISO for version 3.7 is only 45.5 MB in size.

Tiny Core is a minimal Linux distribution that weighs in at just over 10 MB in size. The "tiny frugal" desktop distribution features the BusyBox tool collection and a minimal graphics system based on Tiny X and JWM. The core can run entirely in RAM, allowing for a very fast boot. With the help of online repositories, Tiny Core Linux can be expanded to include additional applications.

Further information about the release, including a full list of changes, can be found in the forum release announcement. Tiny Core 3.7 is available to download as an ISO image file from the project's site. Tiny Core can be run or installed from a LiveCD or LiveUSB drive, and an installation guide is provided.


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