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"Team Tiny Core is pleased to announce that Tiny Core Linux 3.1 is now available. Changes: updated BusyBox to 1.17.1; updated Appsaudit for ondemand icons and ondemand moved to tce directory; updated ondemand script for ondemand icons and move of ondemand directory; updated wbar_setup to support ondemand icons; updated wbar_update to support ondemand icons; new wbar_rm_icon to support ondemand icons; updated Appsaudit to eliminate duplicates in onboot and ondemand lists; updated Appbrowser; updated filetool GUI, tc-restore, and exittc to support new and safebackup options; updated exittc GUI; added Appsaudit to system menu, appears in all supported window managers; updated Fluxbox, IceWM, JWM and Openbox...."
Would you recommend the product? no | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 3
Gives a GUI installation on a 64MB computer
A real pain to set up
Tiny Core certainly fits things into a small memory, thanks to replacing the GNU tools with BusyBox and using the FLWM window manager. Running the Dillo browser, my total memory usage was 43MB. The only applications provided to start with are Aterm and a package installer, so it can be used to build your own distribution for a specific task.
The first problem is FLWM. The font used is tiny and unaliased, so if your eyesight is less than perfect it is almost unreadable. And there is no way to configure it; if you can't see the terminal, you have to get another window manager, assuming you can see the package installer.
The second problem is the documentation: sparse and very technical.
The applications are normally loaded from the internet when required, which is hardly suited to areas with slow or expensive connections. It is possible to install them, but the explanation of how to do so is only on-line. Even when they are installed, they do not appear in the menu until they have been launched from a panel icon.
Some people might find Tiny Core fits their needs, but Vector Light is much easier for a small computer, and Sabayon's CDX version for building a custom system.