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Old 04-28-2012, 11:58 AM   #1
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How is possible to have a Linux distro with a size smaller than the kernel?

The kernel is around 76MB from
While there are some tiny distros that are less than 20MB
How is that possible?
Old 04-28-2012, 12:04 PM   #2
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These distros customize and compile the kernel (and do not include the kernel source on the install medium).
Old 04-28-2012, 06:24 PM   #3
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Even a pretty "fat" kernel with a fair bit compiled into it is only 4-5 MB. Generally, compiled executables (like the kernel) are much more compact than the source code, which is what you would get from


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