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operating system on 10 MB with GUI

PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 4:14 pm
by b33tr00t
I wanted to find out which was the smallest functioning desktop linux distro and after some googleing I've decided to try out Tiny Core Linux. Didn't take too long to download the .iso file as it was 10MB only and that is the version with GUI. Without GUI it's 6MB only. I was not expecting much from such a small system so it was a nice surprise. It is very fast as it loads itself into memory at boot and there is no waiting for the HD after. Of course it's basic but it's functioning and was able to connect to the web without much tweaking. After that it is easy to add more stuff if you need. In a few minutes I had a fully customized system with everything I need, well under 50MB and it was much faster than any of the other installs I have. (I didn't try printing nor installing any development kit.)This made me wonder why on earth I would need new gear. Maybe I should just optimize my operating system instead. Any of you guys know a smaller but still functioning desktop?

Re: operating system on 10 MB with GUI

PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 5:19 pm
by insomaniacal
I also like Tinycore. I have a bootable USB stick with Tinycore on it (somewhere in my drawer).

I don't think there's any distro that comes with a full GUI that's smaller than Tinycore. But I have to agree with you on tweaking the OS rather than buying a new system. A customized Linux Kernel can often do wonders for old hardware.

Re: operating system on 10 MB with GUI

PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:33 pm
by kujinR
insomaniacal wrote:I also like Tinycore. I have a bootable USB stick with Tinycore on it (somewhere in my drawer).

So, I was thinking of making one for myself, however, Googling for it didn't help. A lot of the guides talk about having to install Tiny Core or boot it from a live CD before you can make the bootable USB.

I was wondering if there's a better way to do this?

Re: operating system on 10 MB with GUI

PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:03 am
by b33tr00t
You could try UNetbootin to install it without a CD.

Re: operating system on 10 MB with GUI

PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:12 pm
by centip3de
kujinR wrote:
insomaniacal wrote:I also like Tinycore. I have a bootable USB stick with Tinycore on it (somewhere in my drawer).

So, I was thinking of making one for myself, however, Googling for it didn't help. A lot of the guides talk about having to install Tiny Core or boot it from a live CD before you can make the bootable USB.

I was wondering if there's a better way to do this?


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Re: operating system on 10 MB with GUI

PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:39 pm
by mShred
UNetbootin is good. I've also heard of Damn Small Linux, i believe that's what it's called. I tried it like a year ago but i can't remember if it proved worthy or not.