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=== Older releases ===
=== Older releases ===
==== Linux-tiny for  ====
Here's a broken-out patch set for
* Linux
* [[Media:|]]
** [[Media:Tiny-quilt-]]
* and some porting notes: [[Media:linuxtinyNOTES.txt|notes]]
* Linux
** broken-out patchset: [[Media:|]]
==== Linux-tiny for 2.6.9 and previous ====
** Porting notes: [[Media:linuxtinyNOTES.txt|notes]]
An older Linux-tiny patchset can be downloaded from: [http://selenic.com/tiny/ Linux Tiny Patchset]
* Linux 2.6.0 to 2.6.14:
** Older Linux-tiny patchsets can be downloaded from: [http://selenic.com/tiny/ Linux Tiny Patchset]
== Test Project and Results ==
== Test Project and Results ==

Revision as of 13:28, 29 August 2007


The linux-tiny patchset is a series of patches against the 2.6 mainline Linux kernel to reduce its memory and disk footprint, as well as to add features to aid working on small systems. Target users are developers of embedded system and users of small or legacy machines such as 386s and handhelds.


Original Announcements and e-mail

The original (Dec 11, 2003) announcement about the patchset, to the kernel mailing list, is available here:

Here are some other announcements from Matt Mackall to LKML:

Recent discussion thread on lkml is summarized at: LKML Thread Summary The thread is available at here

Note that currently, the smallest kernel that is reported in this thread is 197K compressed.


Last release (for

A recent Linux-tiny patchset release is available here: Media:Tiny-quilt-

Installation Instructions

These instructions were for the Linux-tiny release for 2.6.22-rc2. Adjust accordingly for a different kernel version.

To apply the above patches, you need the referenced kernel (2.6.22-rc7) and quilt. Follow these steps:

Auxiliary tools

Here is a short shell script for making a tiny-quilt release: Media:release-tiny

Older releases

Test Project and Results

The CELF System Size working group has worked extensively with the Linux-tiny patch set. There is a script to produce a report of size reductions for the individual patches in the patchset, and results from various vendors about their use of Linux-tiny. See Linux Tiny Test Project

There are some miscellaneous usage notes at: Linux Tiny Notes