If you are looking for a small Linux distribution that can get you a desktop with a 10MB ISO you should look at this Tiny Core system. Tiny Core offers a very fast experience overall, with a very rapid boot time that no other major distribution can match.
Tiny Core uses its own package format, but the package repository is huge with thousands of applications. When you install applications they are downloaded and then added on the fly, automatically added to the application bar.
|The Core Project, as suggested by our name, is not a turnkey desktop distribution. Instead we deliver just the core Linux from which it is quite easy to add what you want. We offer 3 different x86 “cores” to get you started: Core, TinyCore, and our installation image, CorePlus.|
|Core is the base system which provides only a command line interface and is therefore recommended for experienced users only. Command line tools are provided so that extensions can be added to create a system with a graphical desktop environment. Ideal for servers, appliances, and custom desktops.|
|TinyCore is the recommended option for new users who have a wired network connection. It includes the base Core system plus X/GUI extensions for a dynamic FLTK/FLWM graphical desktop environment.|
|CorePlus is an installation image and not the distribution. It is recommended for new users who only have access to a wireless network or who use a non-US keyboard layout. It includes the base Core System and installation tools to provide for the setup with the following options: Choice of 7 Window Managers, Wireless support via many firmware files and ndiswrapper, non-US keyboard support, and a remastering tool.|