Tiny Core Linux 4.0 Makes the Switch to the Linux 3.0.3 Kernel

AppBrowser and the 'ab' tool now support search as you type

By on September 26th, 2011 15:37 GMT

Tiny Core Linux 4.0 has been released. The latest major release brings plenty of updated packages, including the switch to the latest Linux 3.0.3 kernel.

Another interesting new feature is the ability to search by simply starting to type what you're looking for in both AppBrowser and ab, the command-line tool for AppBrowser.

The new search feature works for both individual packages, you can type 'abi' to find AbiWord, for example, and for categories as well, for example, typing 'browser' will list all available web browsers.

Highlights of TinyCore 4.0:

· Linux 3.0.3 kernel;
· udev 173;
· Embedded GLIBC 2.13;
· Embedded GLIBC now supports 486 and 586 machines;
· e2fsprogs 1.41.14 libraries;
· GCC 4.6.1 base libraries;
· util-linux 2.19.1 base libraries;
· busybox 1.19.2 updated with latest patches and nbd-client;
· rebuildfstab, tc-config and rc.shutdown have been updated with nbd-client support;
· Xlibs base has been updated;
· All core utilities have been updated with new repository info;
· New loadcpufreq has been added;
· tce-load and tce-audit updared for dynamic kernel dependency processing;
· Luxi fonts have been updated to disable hinting;
· xsession has been modified to handle X startup failure;

You can check out more details on what's new and changed in the official release notes. Tiny Core Linux 4.0 also deprecates several rarely used tools like the Floppy Tool.

About Tiny Core Linux

Tiny Core, true to its name, aims to provide a fully functional Linux distro, complete with a graphical environment, with the smallest footprint possible.

The whole thing is only about 10 MB. It is designed to be a highly mobile distro coming with just the bare-bones minimum, Linux 3 kernel, Busybox, Tiny X, and Fltk.

It does not come with an extensive suite of applications or functionality, and not all hardware is supported by default. However, extra packages and features can be easily installed, on-the-fly via the built-in tools.

Tiny Core Linux 4.0 is available for download here on Softpedia.

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