Tiny Core Linux on a USB stick

The Linux live CD or USB stick is not hot news. But, having the full installation running from a USB flash drive that acts like a hard drive is the difference. All you need is any PC with the boot from USB capability and 128+ Megabytes of RAM.

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My virtual lab

This article has two purposes. It is the second part of the Mikrotik IPSec series and, at the same time, a short virtualization guide. I will present how we can simulate most common scenarios them in virtual environment.

Although I am using Oracle VirtualBox (referred to as VBox from here on out) for these demonstrations, you can use any other virtualization solution in a very similar way. We don’t need any special features of the virtualization solution. You should only optimize your VMs based on the settings related to your environment. You can find my guides about VBox environment here and here.

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How to install a Microcore version of the Tiny Core Linux

The Tiny Core Linux or TCL is very specific distribution. It’s designed to be nomadic. You can bring it with you and run it from a CD, a USB or even a hard disk. Moreover, you can mix and match different packages to build your own distribution.

When we using the Tiny Core Linux as a service tool, we often need a graphical environment. However, when we want to build some appliance or a server, we would like to have a text based system.

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