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Linux, but tilde

Build Status

User Commands

  • tl-setup - Configures a tilde, can also be used to switch between configured tildes
  • <tilde name> <command> - Runs a command on a configured tilde, eg. bbj or botany.
    • Can also be used to attach to an existing remote tmux session, eg. tmux a


  • By default no user or root password is set, however passwordless sudo is configured upon user creation


Bootloader Desktop Screnshot 1 Screenshot 2

Q: What is Tildelinux?

A: Tildelinux is a Debian-based GNU+Linux distribution focused on connection to and interaction with tildes, shared *nix systems in the style of

Q: How is Tildelinux different from Debian?

A: The main feature of Tildelinux is the integration of the tilde's remote filesystem via sshfs, with the intention of allowing the user to interact with the tilde as if it were their own computer. This has a few advantages: First, it allows for a (mostly) portable computing experience -- since your files are synced to a tilde, you can start work on one computer and pick up where you left off on another. Second, the graphical user experience of Tildelinux allows for more possibilities of interaction with a tilde, which are traditionally text-only. Third, the lack of disk requirement combined with the minimal desktop environment shipped by default allow for Tildelinux to be run on very low-power systems, provided they have a sufficient internet connection.

Q: How do I get Tildelinux?

A: The latest Tildelinux builds are located here. Tildelinux is offered as a persistent live disk image which means you can have a fully functioning Tildelinux distribution without having to install anything to a hard drive. Please note that Tildelinux is still a work in progress and is not suitable for end-user use quite yet. If you still want to try out Tildelinux, be mindful of the TODO list below.

Q: How do I contribute to Tildelinux

A: The best way to contribute to Tildelinux is through pull requests to the lb-config repo where most of the development is done, as well as the #tildelinux irc channel on


  • launcher port
  • sshfs-less option
  • rsync or similar support
  • mosh support