Tiny Core Linux 7.0 comes after three Beta builds and two RC (Release Candidate) versions, and it has been in development for the past one and a half months. It’s a major release of the operating system that users can easily transform into a desktop, a server, a nettop, and even an appliance.
According to the release notes, Tiny Core Linux 7.0 is powered by a Linux kernel from the 4.2 series (version 4.2.9), which reached end of life (EOL) in mid-December 2015, but it’s still maintained by the Ubuntu kernel developers at Canonical. However, the Linux 4.2.9 kernel in Tiny Core 7.0 has the latest stable patches.
Additionally, the kernel comes with custom configurations for enabling minstrel for various wireless cards, disabling vmmouse for Xvesa and VMware, as well as for setting the CPU limit on the 64-bit version to 64. Besides Linux kernel 4.2.9, the distro comes with BusyBox 1.24.1, which has been patched against the “crontab -e” error.
The Glibc package has been patched against the DNS vulnerability
Another interesting thing in Tiny Core Linux 7.0 is the inclusion of the Glibc (GNU C Library) 2.22 core library, which is not the latest version released a couple of days ago, build 2.23, but the Tiny Core devs said that it has been patched against the recent DNS vulnerability everyone is talking about these days.
Among various other new features and applications implemented in Tiny Core Linux 7.0, we can mention GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 5.2.0, util-linux 2.27, e2fsprogs 1.42.13, and an updated tc-config component that now uses the full path for hwclock.