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Possum
Hi

What is the absolutely smallest Operating system you know of.

I know Puppy Linux and Darn Small Linux.

Im not really looking for functionality but smallness.

It doesn't not have to be Linux either.
Ankhanu
Tiny Core Linux runs between 8Mb and 64Mb... http://www.tinycorelinux.net/

EDIT - looks like Kolibri is even smaller - http://kolibrios.org/en/index
jajarvin
I think the size of msdos version 4.0 is less than 1MB.
badai
jajarvin wrote:
I think the size of msdos version 4.0 is less than 1MB.


then most embedded OSes are much smaller.
technodz
then what about what is used in cards like ports card or visa cards, are they embeded systems or just pure electronic Question
Possum
IM not too sure but my new one has some sort of radio thing in it that I hope doesnt get hacked
Possum
Freedos looks interesting..

I found Freedos http://www.freedos.org/
playfungames
What about the ones that came in those old Nintendo consoles ? Those must be pretty small. But I guess they're not for daily use.
cybersa
Good thread to see about world's smallest operating system.
Simonjw
There are quite a few out there, but the two I feel are the best performers are tiny core and kolibrios.

Majority of people would not need to use them unless you like wanted to tinker with an old mobile phone/tablet or get yourself a beaglebone etc. So tinkerers definitely love them.

I use tiny core and kolibros as thin clients for LTSP network distributions, as mobile computer solutions for telecommunications/IT technicians and for my SIP stack servers.

The tiny operating sytems are awesome, kolibrios with WINE is actually more stable than I thought it would be and for technicians in the fields it gives them best of both worlds when operating on customer premise or exchanges.

For my LTSP thin client networks, I set them up that when the client boots up it will automatically connect to either a Linux or Windows server and they work really well with no more than a 100MB of RAM usage if other software is on the thin client.

When it comes down to running SIP Stacks, they work far better than any other OS. The only issue is there is a lot of work to put behind it due to lack of software on the distro. With 100 concurrent calls, we only use around 150MB+- of RAM which in terms of Telecoms servers is really good.

I would love to know what you guys use tiny operating systems for?

I am also thinking of doing a tutorial/feedback series on using one with gaming on WINE or Linux distributed games.

Cheers,
Simon
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