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Install Microcore

New users learning this for the first time may find it easier install Tiny Core first, and become familiar with Tiny Core before installing Microcore.

For information on various ways to install Tiny Core, see the Index.

Microcore may be installed in a similar way to Tiny Core, but with the following modifications.

Use microcore.gz instead of tinycore.gz

Use the microcore.gz file instead of the tinycore.gz file.

In the bootloader, replace tinycore.gz with microcore.gz. If you use the installer, this should be done automatically.

Install Additional Extensions

Install the following additional extensions:






These extensions need to be in On Boot. If you are installing Microcore without being connected to the Internet, you may need to list them in /tce/onboot.lst with a text editor.

Set up like this, Microcore will run the same as Tiny Core.

Try a Different Setup

You may also try a different setup.

For example, you may install a window manager other than flwm_topside.tcz.

There are many other things which can be done with Microcore. It is up to you.

Using Commands

Microcore can be run without a graphical interface. When run that way, you can perform tasks using commands in the terminal. Following are examples.

Run the Installer

To run the installer, open the terminal and type

sudo tc-install.sh

Install Applications

To install an application, and put it in On Boot, use

tce-load -wi app_name.tcz

To install an application, and put it in On Demand, use

tce-load -wo app_name.tcz

To download an application to the /tce/optional directory, but not put it in On Boot or On Demand, use

tce-load -w app_name.tcz

App Browser

To search for applications, use

ab search_term



and you will be prompted to enter a search term.

Select an application to install.

Press q.

You will then have a number of options.

To install it, and put it in On Boot, press i.

To install it, and put it in On Demand, press o.

Start an Application

To start an application that is not loaded, use

tce-run app_name

Load an Application

To load an application, use

tce-load -i app_name


tce-load -is app_name

You can then start the application from the menu or wbar.