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Alpine Linux

Last Update: 2020-01-17 16:10 UTC


Alpine Linux is a community developed operating system designed for 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: 31 (325), 6 months: 38 (288), 3 months: 35 (317), 4 weeks: 30 (397), 1 week: 58 (217)

Average visitor rating: 8.28/10 from 25 review(s).


Alpine Summary
Distribution Alpine Linux
Home Page https://www.alpinelinux.org/
Mailing Lists https://lists.alpinelinux.org/
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://wiki.alpinelinux.org/
Screenshots --
Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://alpinelinux.org/downloads
Bug Tracker https://bugs.alpinelinux.org/
Related Websites  
Reviews 3.9: DistroWatch
3.2: DistroWatch
Where To Buy

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2019-12-19: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 3.11.0
 • 2019-06-19: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 3.10.0
 • 2019-01-30: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 3.9.0
 • 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
 • More Alpine releases...

  Headlines:
 •2018-12-20 Alpine eing ported to RISC-V
 •2016-10-12 Alpine to use LibreSSL
 • More Alpine headlines...

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  • Notes: In case where multiple versions of a package are shipped with a distribution, only the default version appears in the table. For indication about the GNOME version, please check the "nautilus" and "gnome-shell" packages. The Apache web server is listed as "httpd" and the Linux kernel is listed as "linux". The KDE desktop is represented by the "plasma-desktop" package and the Xfce desktop by the "xfdesktop" package.
  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.
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Feature 3.11.3 3.10.3 3.6.2 3.2.2 2.7.8 1.10.6
Release Date 2020-01-17 2019-10-21 2017-06-17 2015-07-14 2014-05-21 2010-06-16
End Of Life            
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 100-500 100-500 70-300      
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode
Default Desktop -- -- -- -- -- --
Package Management APK APK APK APK APK APK
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- --
Processor Architecture aarch64, armhf, i486, ppc64, s390x, x86_64 aarch64, armhf, i486, ppc64, s390x, x86_64 armhf, i486, x86_64 armhf, i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386
Init Software Busybox, OpenRC Busybox, OpenRC BusyBox BusyBox BusyBox BusyBox
Journaled File Systems ext4 ext4 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3
Multilingual -- -- -- -- -- --
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- --
Full Package List 3.11.3 3.10.3 3.6.2 3.2.2 2.7.8 1.10.6
Package 3.11.3 3.10.3 3.6.2 3.2.2 2.7.8 1.10.6
abiword (3.0.4) -- -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.2.1.2) -- -- -- 1.0.29 1.0.27.2 1.0.22
ati-driver (18.30) -- -- -- -- -- --
bash (5.0) 5.0 5.0 4.3 -- -- 4.0
bind (9.15.7) -- -- -- 9.10.2 9.9.4-P2 9.6.1-P3
chromium (79.0.3945.130) -- -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.3.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.4.1 4.4.1 4.3.4 4.3.2 4.2.5-P1 4.1.0-P1
e2fsprogs (1.45.5) 1.45.5 1.45.2 1.43.4 1.42.13 1.42.8 1.41.9
firefox (72.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
freetype (2.10.1) 2.10.1 2.10.0 -- -- 2.5.0.1 2.3.8
gcc (9.2.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
gimp (2.10.14) -- -- -- -- -- --
glibc (2.30) -- -- -- -- -- --
gnome-shell (3.34.3) -- -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (3.8b) -- -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.46) -- -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.04) 2.02 2.02 -- -- -- --
gtk (3.24.13) -- -- -- -- -- --
httpd (2.4.41) -- -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.4) -- -- -- -- -- --
k3b (19.12.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
kmod (26) 26 24 23 -- -- --
krita (4.2.8.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
libreoffice (6.3.4) -- -- -- -- -- --
linux (5.4.13) 5.4.12 4.19.80 4.9.32 3.18.18 3.10.40 2.6.32.15
Package 3.11.3 3.10.3 3.6.2 3.2.2 2.7.8 1.10.6
lxpanel (0.10.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.4.11) -- -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.22.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
mesa (19.3.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
mysql (8.0.19) -- -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.34.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (440.44) -- -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (13.0.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
openssh (8.1p1) 8.1p1 8.1p1 7.5p1 6.8p1 6.4p1 5.3p1
openssl (1.1.1d) 1.1.1d 1.1.1d -- 1.0.2d 1.0.1g 0.9.9o
perl (5.30.1) -- -- -- 5.20.2 5.18.1 5.10.1
php (7.4.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.17.5) -- -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.4.8) -- -- -- 3.0.1 2.10.2 2.6.5
postgresql (12.1) -- -- -- 9.4.4 9.3.3 8.4.2
Python (3.8.1) -- -- -- 2.7.9 2.7.6 --
qt (5.14.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
samba (4.11.4) -- -- -- 4.2.1 4.1.3 3.4.7
systemd (244) -- -- -- -- -- --
thunderbird (68.4.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
vim (8.2) 8.2 8.1 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.2
vlc (3.0.8) -- -- -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.14.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.20.7) -- -- -- -- -- --

Reader Ratings
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Version: 3.11.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2020-01-05
Votes: 5


Smaller default footprint than most distros. Fairly small, and minimalistic, especially the install process. However, it's not as limited as distrowatch shows as they only list default local install from a sub 500mb iso, and far more packages are available from net install with default repo. I prefer not having a lot of extras installed by default, but glad that they are available with an "apk update ; apk add packagename".





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Version: 3.11.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2020-01-04
Votes: 7


The only Linux distribution that takes security seriously. Alpine Linux is the OpenBSD of the Linux world.

The diskless install requires a lot of RAM but can be combined with a read-only local disk partition that is also managed by APK (although it requires a lot of work).

There are relatively few packages, especially on armhf / aarch64, so you have to compile many things yourself (using shady third party repositories defeats the idea of using a security-oriented distribution).

It is totally free from bloat and therefore the best Docker distribution. Another huge advantage is that it does not use systemd.


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Version: 3.11.2
Rating: 9
Date: 2020-01-02
Votes: 7


If you are ready to invest some time an reading, you end up with a very nice, fast system.
Perfectly suited for BSD-people:)


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