Open Source Software and Linux

Sep 9 2008   6:00PM GMT

Why I like TinyMe Linux

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

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TinyMe Linux is the Operating System of choice if you have an older pc or notebook that you want to use. I have one of those and I have put it to good use with TinyMe.

My wife likes to have a notebook computer in the kitchen. This way she can look at recipes, check mail, check on her Longaberger sales or whatever else she wants to do while cooking. The kids look up the weather before going outside to get on the bus or some other information that they quickly want to know. TinyMe to the rescue!

I read an evaluation of TinyMe in an article long since forgotten. The writer of the article did an excellent job of comparing several of the smaller footprint Linux distributions. After reading through the article and looking at all that TinyMe provided I decided that this was the way to go. I have never looked back.

The notebook computer that I am referring to has a 1Ghz Intel processor, 256Mb of ram and a 30Gb hard drive. I used 1Gb of swap to cover the reduced amount of ram.

The download size is a whopping 200Mb :-) in size so it easily fits on a CD. Even better the default install uses a whopping 792Mb in disk space.

The default applications that ship with TinyMe should satisfy about anyone for general computer use. The Opera web browser is the default along with Abiword word processor, Audacious audio player, TightVNC, Python and Perl. Flash is the only app that I needed to install to meet the requirements of my wife. This is handled quickly and easily with the Synaptic package manager.

Given that the minimum requirements of TinyMe are a Pentium processor and 64Mb of ram TinyMe really flies with my 1Ghz cpu and 256Mb of ram.

If you are wanting to put that old notebook or pc to use you should really give TinyMe a look. You’ll be impressed!

-j

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