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 ====== Getting Started ====== ====== Getting Started ======
  
-This page will explain how to make a Live CD to get started using TC (Tiny Core Linux) and typical applications. These brief instructions are intended for users who are new to Linux.+This page explains how to get started using TC (Tiny Core Linux) and applications. 
  
-==== #Download a Live CD ====+These brief instructions are intended for users who are new to Linux as well as Tiny Core.
  
-The easiest way to start using TC is to download the Tiny Core .iso file and burn it onto a CD-RW or CD-R.+==== Getting TC running ==== 
 +Tiny Core starts from a CD called a "LiveCD". This runs on the system without needing to be installed (handy if your version of MS Windows isn't working)! Actually one of the core tenets of Tiny Core is that it doesn't expect anything to be installed.
  
-This CD is called a LiveCD because you can run the system off the cd on any computer without needing to install it onto the hard drive. +  - **Download the Live CD image**\\ The image of the CD is an .iso file (about 12MB) which can be downloaded from [[http://distro.ibiblio.org/tinycorelinux/downloads.html downloads]] page. 
- +  **Burn the ISO to CD** 
-First, download the current .iso file[[http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/tinycorelinux/3.x/release/tinycore-current.iso Get the current Tiny Core ISO]] +     - - Your CD burning software needs to have an option (menu item) to burn an ISO image file or bootable ISO fileUse the bootable if both choices are available. Don't burn the ISO file as regular file, or an audio track. 
- +    - -  After burning the CD, re insert it and open it in a file browser. If your see "tinycore-current.iso" ...  it won't boot. You must see a folder called "boot". If you have trouble, search for  notes on your software. Generic notes on common platforms:[[http://www.google.com/search?q=burn+iso+linux | Linux - burn iso]],[[http://www.google.com/search?q=burn+iso+mac | Mac - burn iso]],[[http://www.google.com/search?q=burn+iso+windows | Windows - burn iso]] 
-If you have trouble, cut and paste the full link into your browser's URL bar: +  - **Boot the CD** \\ The BIOS setting on your computer must be set so the CD drive is booted before other media(like the Hard Disk). Different manufactures use different keys to enter the utility to modify the [[http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproblem/ss/bootorderchange.htm | BIOS settings]]. Watch //intently// when your system boots for a message like: "Press F10 to change system settings" or "Press **DEL** to enter setup". If you see the MS windows logo it you missed it. Try holding down the ''Ctrl'' key while the system boots. \\ in 2-3 seconds you will see:{{ :wiki:tcbootup.gif?nolink&300 |}}\\ Simply press enter or add special options as shown by pressing F2 F3 F4 \\ as described at [[http://distro.ibiblio.org/tinycorelinux/faq.html#bootcodes |bootcodes]]\\ For example to boot tiny core and avoid the timezone from defaulting to GMT you might use something like:\\ ''**tc tz=US/Eastern hostname=DG12S-TESTBOX** 
- +\\ ''\\ Just a few screen blinks and 20 seconds later and you will see the Tiny Core Desktop! 
-http://distro.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/tinycorelinux/3.x/release/tinycore-current.iso +==== The TC Desktop ===== 
- +The TC desktop will appear after about 30 seconds(or less!). It will look something like:
-==== #Burn the ISO to CD-RW or CD-R ==== +
-Burn the .iso onto a blank disc. You will need +
-  a blank CD-RW or CD-R +
-  the Tiny Core ISO, from above +
-  * software that burns CDs +
- +
-When you burn the CD: +
-  * Start with a CD-RW instead of a CD-R. However, some computers won't boot from a CD-RW. Try one, but [[http://www.google.com/search?q=define%3Aymmv | YMMV]]. The reason to start with CD-RW is because they can be re-used. +
-  * Your CD burning software probably has a special function (menu item) to burn ISO files. It may also have an option for bootable ISO filesTry the latter if available. +
-  * If you burn the ISO file like a regular file, or like an audio track ... it's likely not going to work out. A test: burn the CD, then open it in a file browser. If your CD now has "tinycore-current.iso" ... then it won't boot. Instead, you should see a folder called "boot". +
- +
-If you have trouble, google up some notes on your particular software. Generic notes on common platforms: +
-  * [[http://www.google.com/search?hl=burn+iso+linux | Linux - burn iso]] +
-  * [[http://www.google.com/search?hl=burn+iso+mac | Mac - burn iso]] +
-  * [[http://www.google.com/search?hl=burn+iso+windows | Windows - burn iso]] +
- +
-Success? Great! Stick the CD into the CD drive in any PC and boot (or reboot). +
- +
-==== #The TC Desktop ==== +
-The TC desktop will appear after about 30 seconds. It will look something like:+
  
 {{wiki:twid_22_tc3.jpeg}} {{wiki:twid_22_tc3.jpeg}}
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 (And [[http://tinycorelinux.com/screenshots.html | here are some more Tiny Core screenshots]].) (And [[http://tinycorelinux.com/screenshots.html | here are some more Tiny Core screenshots]].)
  
-Four icons float at the bottom of the screen in an area we call wbar.+Four icons float at the bottom of the screen in an area referred to as wbar.
  
-{{wiki:twid_23_tc3wbar.jpeg}}+{{wiki:twid_23_tc3wbar.jpeg}}  
  
-  * The circle icon allows shutdown, reboot or exit to a login prompt. +  * The circle :shutdown, reboot or exit to a login prompt. 
-  * The monitor icon will start a Linux terminal ([[http://aterm.sourceforge.net | aterm]]). You can type *nix-style commands in this text-only window. Sometimes, the Terminal window is the fastest way to get things done. +  * The monitor a Linux terminal ([[http://aterm.sourceforge.net | aterm]]). You can type *nix-style commands in this text-only window. Sometimes, If you know *nix commands, the Terminal window is the fastest way to get things done. 
-  * The screwdriver icon will bring up the [[Control Panel]]. The Control Panel gives buttons to access basic Tiny Core utilities. +  * The screwdriver [[Control Panel]]. The Control Panel gives buttons to access basic Tiny Core utilities. 
-  * The gears icon with  will show the Appbrowser window. The Appbrowser enables you to get new apps to run on your TC installation.+  * The gears Appbrowser window enables you to get applications.
  
  
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 Base/stock Tiny Core intentionally includes no applications. Typical applications (like a web browser, word-processor, music player, etc.) must be selected by you, downloaded and installed. Fortunately, this is fairly easy thanks to ... Appbrowser! Base/stock Tiny Core intentionally includes no applications. Typical applications (like a web browser, word-processor, music player, etc.) must be selected by you, downloaded and installed. Fortunately, this is fairly easy thanks to ... Appbrowser!
  
-==== #The Internet ====+==== The Internet ====
  
 (but I thought I was going to learn about Appbrowser!?) (but I thought I was going to learn about Appbrowser!?)
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   * If you know how to use the command-line tool [[http://www.google.com/search?q=man+ifconfig | ifconfig]], use it.   * If you know how to use the command-line tool [[http://www.google.com/search?q=man+ifconfig | ifconfig]], use it.
  
-==== #Using Appbrowser to get applications ====+==== Getting Applications ====
 Tiny Core uses the Appbrowser to install "application extensions." Briefly called "extensions", these are the applications you want to use. Tiny Core uses the Appbrowser to install "application extensions." Briefly called "extensions", these are the applications you want to use.
    
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 Is the repository missing something you want or need? [[http://forum.tinycorelinux.net/index.php?topic=2072.0 | Here are the current guidelines]] - submit it for a Tiny share of fame, glory, and honor. Is the repository missing something you want or need? [[http://forum.tinycorelinux.net/index.php?topic=2072.0 | Here are the current guidelines]] - submit it for a Tiny share of fame, glory, and honor.
  
-==== #Where to now? ====+==== Where now? ====
  
 If your LiveCD worked (and especially if not), the next stop is [[http://forum.tinycorelinux.net | the Tiny Core forum]]. You can learn about the people on the project, and become a contributor yourself. If your LiveCD worked (and especially if not), the next stop is [[http://forum.tinycorelinux.net | the Tiny Core forum]]. You can learn about the people on the project, and become a contributor yourself.
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 If your LiveCD did not work, it might with a different boot code? See http://distro.ibiblio.org/tinycorelinux/faq.html#bootcodes If your LiveCD did not work, it might with a different boot code? See http://distro.ibiblio.org/tinycorelinux/faq.html#bootcodes
  
-Feel free to peruse other wiki pages [[start|Index]]+Please check out the other wiki pages [[start|Index]]
  
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