Reader supplied reviews for Alpine Linux
8.8from 4 review(s)
The standard iso is only 106mb this is small and it loads fast in ram.
I looked at it to build a rescue OS, Alpine is very promising as it seems very stable, fast and streamlined.
However I ended up not using it for a rescue OS because it is not really designed for it and requires too much setup to get all the applications running.
However I think it makes a perfect small server, router or dedicated system.
For specific purposes it is the best distro around but it is not adapted to desktop or rescue disk.
If you were to tell me I had to build a computer to put into a satellite and send out into space and that computer has to stay running for decades without human intervention.. this would be the operating system I would use. ROCK SOLID , and SECURE are the only words to describe Alpine Linux! I would trust this OS with a pacemaker it is so solid.
The only problem I have is the learning curve, this is not a regular linux distro by any means, if your working on an embedded project, or your wanting to build your own firewall, or you need a small light secure distro for running background tasks than this is it!.
I am currently working on a project for my companies point of sales systems and this is my distro of choice for the project.
The documentation is good, the packages are okay, missing some stuff, but they aren't planning on you using this as a desktop OS so they only have the packages you would need for something this tight and secure.
I am surprised no one has built a firewall distro around this .. maybe we should.
I've try a lot of distros and Alpine is the best I found for SERVERS, I began using it on my Raspberry Pi for home and I liked so much both its simplicity and fastness that I'm now using it on my servers. Later Docker bring Alpine to light for containers but Alpine is A LOT MORE than a tool for Docker...
* Secure: it use GrSec+PaX kernel by default
* Lightweight: it has a very low footprint which is very useful when every megabyte of RAM matters.
* Easy: it just keep simple and smart. OpenRC scripts and vanilla packages.
* Fast: less than 5mn to install to disk thanks to its straightforward install scripts, not much more to install packages, thanks to its speedy packages manager, APK.
* Portable: can be installed on RAM for embedded devices.
* Limited choice of packages, but I always found what I want.
* Availability of secure kernel is not guaranteed for next releases after the policy change of GrSecurity.
* Support is almost only limited to the wiki and the mailing list (official forum is almost useless).
* I wouldn't recommend it for DESKTOP usage.
So far so good with this distro !!
Some hosters now provides Alpine aside Debian, CentOS, Ubuntu or Arch... worth trying it !
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