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Minimalistic Computing: TinyCore Linux 3.0

This is first of series of articles I intend to write focused on lightweight, less resource hungry GNU/Linux distributions and applications. One might be tempted to ask - why would I need less resource hungry minimalistic applications ?; especially considering the fact that operating systems these days occupy GB(s) of disk-space and need huge amount of RAM to function properly.

There isn't a simple answer to this, while running some of these applications might give life to some of older hardware lying around, the other possible use include in low powered devices like cheap tablets, routers etc, or they might be useful on a device which provides access to services off cloud with all the applications hosted online instead of at client side, and finally, the reason could very well be emotional - these minimalistic applications might satisfy most of your needs while still being lightning fast.

If you thought Damn Small Linux or Puppy Linux are small, hold your breath. Tiny Core Linu…

Oracle VirtualBox 3.2

Oracle VM VirtualBox(formerly called Sun VirtualBox before take over of Sun by Oracle) is one of the better known , cross platform virtualization solution for enterprises and home users. It supports a multitude of hosts and guest operating system and offers an excellent performance and wide feature set.

Oracle VM VirtualBox is available free of cost for personal use and could be easily installed atop GNU/Linux distribution. Oracle VM VirtualBox 3.2 released a couple of days back is the first releases of VirtualBox software after acquisition of Sun by Oracle and offers a number of bug-fixes and new features over the previous versions.

Some of the major changes in VirtualBox 3.2 include -

Storage I/O subsystem – VirtualBox 3.2 offers a completely re-worked virtual disk subsystem which utilizes asynchronous I/O to achieve high-performance whilst maintaining high data integrityIn-hypervisor Networking – Significant optimization of the networking subsystem has reduced context switching …