Chromium OS vs Tiny Core Linux
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Chromium OS (or Google Chrome OS, which is essentially the same as Chromium OS) and Tiny Core Linux are designed for modest requirements in terms of system memory, hard drive space, and processing power. They are designed to start up quickly. Tiny Core Linux is intended largely for users who will be connected to the internet while using their computers; Chrome OS is designed to work exclusively in an internet-connected setting. Both are Linux-based systems.
Chromium OS runs all applications within the web browser - while online, web-based e-mail ("webmail") services, and programs for written documents, photos, etc. will be available to Chromium OS users - just as they are available to any computer connected to the internet.
Tiny Core Linux can access all of the same web applications; users may access the internet using the Chromium browser, or Firefox, Opera, or a number of other web browsers if they choose. Tiny Core Linux also offers applications that are not internet-based, meaning that the programs and their files can be opened and used while the machine is not connected to the internet; none of these applications can be installed on Chromium OS.
Tiny Core Linux and Chromium OS have both reported startup times of approximately 5 seconds.
 System Requirements
Tiny Core Linux requires a minimum of about 20MB of hard drive space when installed with an ordinary web browser (Opera) and requires about 100MB in total if installed with applications like Java and Flash in addition to a popular web browser such as Chromium browser. Chromium OS requires 700MB of space when uncompressed. Despite the difference in hard drive space required, these Linux distributions will require similar amounts of processing power and RAM (if performing similar tasks).
 Ease of Use
Chromium OS is designed to allow users to access the internet very easily; ease of use is one of the top priorities for this system.
Tiny Core Linux is geared toward experienced Linux users. It comes with an installer which allows easy installation of a web browser and / or image editor applications, text editing applications, etc. Other basic tasks may or may not be easy to accomplish in Tiny Core Linux. Successfully adding programs to support wireless internet connections may be easy, but might be very difficult depending on the hardware involved. Chromium OS comes with a web-browser (Chromium) already installed and a wireless internet connection utility already installed.
Tiny Core Linux provides many capabilities to experienced Linux users which are not "user friendly", but most are capabilities that are simply not available in Chromium OS.