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Alpine Linux

Last Update: 2018-09-11 23:17 UTC


Alpine Linux is a community developed operating system designed for x86 routers, firewalls, VPNs, VoIP boxes and servers. It was designed with security in mind; it has proactive security features like PaX and SSP that prevent security holes in the software to be exploited. The C library used is musl and the base tools are all in BusyBox. Those are normally found in embedded systems and are smaller than the tools found in GNU/Linux systems.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 59 (174), 6 months: 55 (184), 3 months: 40 (235), 4 weeks: 48 (240), 1 week: 47 (248)

Average visitor rating: 9.31/10 from 13 review(s).


Alpine Summary
Distribution Alpine Linux
Home Page http://www.alpinelinux.org/
Mailing Lists http://lists.alpinelinux.org/
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://wiki.alpinelinux.org/
Screenshots --
Screencasts
Download Mirrors http://alpinelinux.org/downloads
Bug Tracker http://bugs.alpinelinux.org/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2018-06-26: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 3.8.0
 • 2017-05-25: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 3.6.0
 • 2016-12-22: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 3.5.0
 • 2016-05-31: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 3.4.0
 • 2015-12-19: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 3.3.0
 • 2015-05-26: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 3.2.0
 • 2014-12-10: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 3.1.0
 • 2014-06-04: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 3.0.0
 • 2013-11-09: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 2.7.0
 • 2013-05-17: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 2.6.0
 • 2012-11-07: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 2.5.0
 • 2011-11-01: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 2.3.0
 • More Alpine releases...

  Headlines:
 •2016-10-12 Alpine to use LibreSSL
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Feature 3.8.1 3.6.2 3.2.2 2.7.8 1.10.6
Release Date 2018-09-11 2017-06-17 2015-07-14 2014-05-21 2010-06-16
End Of Life          
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 70-400 70-300      
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop -- -- -- -- --
Package Management APK APK APK APK APK
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- -- -- -- --
Processor Architecture armhf, i386, x86_64 armhf, i386, x86_64 armhf, i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386
Init Software OpenRC BusyBox BusyBox BusyBox BusyBox
Journaled File Systems ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3
Multilingual -- -- -- -- --
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- --
Full Package List 3.8.1 3.6.2 3.2.2 2.7.8 1.10.6
Package 3.8.1 3.6.2 3.2.2 2.7.8 1.10.6
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.6) -- -- 1.0.29 1.0.27.2 1.0.22
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4 4.3 -- -- 4.0
bind (9.13.3) -- -- 9.10.2 9.9.4-P2 9.6.1-P3
chromium (69.0.3497.100) -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.8) -- -- -- -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.3.4 4.3.2 4.2.5-P1 4.1.0-P1
e2fsprogs (1.44.4) 1.44.2 1.43.4 1.42.13 1.42.8 1.41.9
firefox (62.0.2) -- -- -- -- --
freetype (2.9.1) 2.9.1 -- -- 2.5.0.1 2.3.8
gcc (8.2.0) -- -- -- -- --
gimp (2.10.6) -- -- -- -- --
glibc (2.28) -- -- -- -- --
gnome-shell (3.30.0) -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (3.2) -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.43) -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02 -- -- -- --
gtk+ (3.24.1) -- -- -- -- --
httpd (2.4.35) -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- -- -- --
k3b (18.08.1) -- -- -- -- --
kmod (25) 24 23 -- -- --
krita (4.1.1) -- -- -- -- --
libreoffice (6.1.1) -- -- -- -- --
linux (4.18.9) 4.14.69 4.9.32 3.18.18 3.10.40 2.6.32.15
Package 3.8.1 3.6.2 3.2.2 2.7.8 1.10.6
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.3.9) -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.3) -- -- -- -- --
mesa (18.2.1) -- -- -- -- --
mysql (8.0.12) -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.30.0) -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (396.54) -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (10.0.2) -- -- -- -- --
openssh (7.8p1) 7.7p1 7.5p1 6.8p1 6.4p1 5.3p1
openssl (1.1.1) -- -- 1.0.2d 1.0.1g 0.9.9o
perl (5.28.0) -- -- 5.20.2 5.18.1 5.10.1
php (7.2.10) -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.13.5) -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.3.1) -- -- 3.0.1 2.10.2 2.6.5
postgresql (10.5) -- -- 9.4.4 9.3.3 8.4.2
Python (3.7.0) -- -- 2.7.9 2.7.6 --
qt (5.11.2) -- -- -- -- --
samba (4.9.0) -- -- 4.2.1 4.1.3 3.4.7
systemd (239) -- -- -- -- --
thunderbird (60.0) -- -- -- -- --
vim (8.1) 8.1 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.2
vlc (3.0.4) -- -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.1) -- -- -- -- --

Reader Ratings
Reader supplied reviews for Alpine Linux

Average rating
9.3
from 13 review(s)



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Version: 3.8.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-09-05
Votes: 6


Fast, super compact but very serious distro.

You can use it as an embedded OS as well as a enterprise grade server. Despite its small community size, it has full support for x86, x86_64, arm32, arm64, ppc64le, s390x architectures. Creating customized packages and repositories is very easy. Alpine has its own, very sophisticated "single command" package manager "apk". When you begin to use apk, you will bond to its speed and easiness.

Alpine is probably going to be mainstream distro for classic Unix/Linux devotees in near future.


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Version: 3.8.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-08-01
Votes: 29


Very fast, a good Package Manager and simple configs. I like the OS very much as container OS or also standalone. I used it since 2 years.


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Version: 3.7.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2018-05-22
Votes: 30


Great distro, but still has a few problems.

Pro:
- It's using OpenRC (Only a pro if you dislike systemd of course)
- apk is fast. APKBUILDs are easy to write.
- Helpful IRC community.
- It's really tiny. The largest part of a fresh install is the kernel and all the modules. I had success in compiling my own kernel and the whole image was under 12MiB, but you still have a full package manager.
- minimalistic, almost nothing except busybox, openrc and package manager comes preinstalled.
- Frequent updates on edge.
- Great for VMs. Minimal RAM usage.

Neutral:
- Has a good number of packages, most packages you'll need are in there, but not as good as some of the bigger distros.

Cons:
- Doesn't have as many users as other distros, sometimes things few people use break without anyone noticing.
- A lot of software only works on glibc and needs to be patched to build and not segfault so it either needs to already be in the repos or you'll need to patch it yourself to work with musl as libc.


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