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Alpine Linux


Last Update: 2024-06-19 00:28 UTC


Alpine Linux is a community developed operating system designed for routers, firewalls, VPNs, VoIP boxes, containers, 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.

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Distribution Alpine Linux
Home Page https://www.alpinelinux.org/
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 • 2022-11-22: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 3.17.0
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Release Date 2024-06-18 2023-12-26 2023-09-28 2023-08-07 2023-08-07 2023-08-07 2023-03-29 2022-08-09 2022-03-28 2021-02-23 2017-06-17 2015-07-14 2014-05-21 2010-06-16 Release Date
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Installation Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Text mode Installation
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Processor Architecture aarch64, armhf, i486, ppc64, s390x, x86_64 aarch64, armhf, i486, ppc64, s390x, x86_64 aarch64, armhf, i486, ppc64, s390x, x86_64 aarch64, armhf, i486, ppc64, s390x, x86_64 aarch64, armhf, i486, ppc64, s390x, x86_64 aarch64, armhf, i486, ppc64, s390x, x86_64 aarch64, armhf, i486, ppc64, s390x, x86_64 aarch64, armhf, i486, ppc64, s390x, x86_64 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 Processor Architecture
Init Software Busybox, OpenRC Busybox, OpenRC Busybox, OpenRC Busybox, OpenRC Busybox, OpenRC Busybox, OpenRC Busybox, OpenRC Busybox, OpenRC Busybox, OpenRC Busybox, OpenRC BusyBox BusyBox BusyBox BusyBox Init Software
Journaled File Systems ext4 ext4 ext4 ext4 ext4 ext4 ext4 ext4 ext4 ext4 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 Journaled File Systems
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Full Package List 3.20.1 3.19.1 3.18.4 3.17.5 3.16.7 3.15.10 3.14.10 3.13.12 3.12.11 3.10.6 3.6.2 3.2.2 2.7.8 1.10.6 Full Package List

Full Package List:   Alpine Linux 3.13.0
  Number of packages: 419 (download as TXT)
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  •  alpine-base-3.13.0-r0.apk
  •  alpine-baselayout-3.2.0-r8.apk
  •  alpine-conf-3.11.0-r2.apk
  •  alpine-keys-2.2-r0.apk
  •  APKINDEX.tar.gz
  •  apk-tools-2.12.0-r4.apk
  •  argon2-libs-20190702-r1.apk
  •  arpon-3.0-r4.apk
  •  arpon-openrc-3.0-r4.apk
  •  arpwatch-2.1a15-r17.apk
  •  attr-2.4.48-r0.apk
  •  awall-1.8.2-r0.apk
  •  bash-5.1.0-r0.apk
  •  blkid-2.36.1-r0.apk
  •  bonding-2.6-r4.apk
  •  bridge-1.5-r4.apk
  •  bridge-utils-1.7-r0.apk
  •  brotli-libs-1.0.9-r3.apk
  •  btrfs-progs-5.9-r0.apk
  •  busybox-1.32.1-r0.apk
  •  busybox-initscripts-3.2-r2.apk
  •  busybox-suid-1.32.1-r0.apk
  •  bwm-ng-0.6.3-r0.apk
  •  ca-certificates-20191127-r5.apk
  •  ca-certificates-bundle-20191127-r5.apk
  •  c-ares-1.17.1-r1.apk
  •  cciss_vol_status-1.12a-r0.apk
  •  cfdisk-2.36.1-r0.apk
  •  chrony-4.0-r1.apk
  •  chrony-openrc-4.0-r1.apk
  •  cksfv-1.3.15-r1.apk
  •  conntrack-tools-1.4.6-r0.apk
  •  conntrack-tools-openrc-1.4.6-r0.apk
  •  cryptsetup-2.3.4-r1.apk
  •  cryptsetup-libs-2.3.4-r1.apk
  •  cryptsetup-openrc-2.3.4-r1.apk
  •  curl-7.74.0-r0.apk
  •  cutter-1.04-r1.apk
  •  cyrus-sasl-2.1.27-r10.apk
  •  cyrus-sasl-openrc-2.1.27-r10.apk
  •  dbus-libs-1.12.20-r1.apk
  •  device-mapper-event-libs-2.02.187-r1.apk
  •  device-mapper-libs-2.02.187-r1.apk
  •  dhcp-4.4.2-r3.apk
  •  dhcpcd-8.1.6-r1.apk
  •  dhcpcd-openrc-8.1.6-r1.apk
  •  dhcp-openrc-4.4.2-r3.apk
  •  dhcp-server-vanilla-4.4.2-r3.apk
  •  dhcrelay-4.4.2-r3.apk
  •  dhcrelay-openrc-4.4.2-r3.apk
  •  dnsmasq-2.82-r0.apk
  •  dns-root-hints-2019073000-r2.apk
  •  dnssec-root-20190225-r0.apk
  •  doas-6.8-r0.apk
  •  dosfstools-4.1-r1.apk
  •  drill-1.7.1-r1.apk
  •  e2fsprogs-1.45.6-r1.apk
  •  e2fsprogs-extra-1.45.6-r1.apk
  •  e2fsprogs-libs-1.45.6-r1.apk
  •  efibootmgr-17-r0.apk
  •  efivar-libs-37-r2.apk
  •  email-3.1.4-r9.apk
  •  ethtool-5.10-r0.apk
  •  eudev-libs-3.2.9-r3.apk
  •  expat-2.2.10-r1.apk
  •  findmnt-2.36.1-r0.apk
  •  fping-5.0-r0.apk
  •  fprobe-1.1-r9.apk
  •  fts-1.2.7-r1.apk
  •  gdbm-1.19-r0.apk
  •  glib-2.66.4-r0.apk
  •  gmp-6.2.1-r0.apk
  •  gnupg-2.2.27-r0.apk
  •  gnutls-3.7.0-r0.apk
  •  grub-2.04-r2.apk
  •  grub-bios-2.04-r2.apk
  •  grub-efi-2.04-r2.apk
  •  haserl-0.9.35-r1.apk
  •  haserl-lua5.1-0.9.35-r1.apk
  •  haserl-lua5.2-0.9.35-r1.apk
  •  haserl-lua5.3-0.9.35-r1.apk
  •  haveged-1.9.14-r1.apk
  •  haveged-openrc-1.9.14-r1.apk
  •  heimdal-libs-7.7.0-r4.apk
  •  hexdump-2.36.1-r0.apk
  •  htop-3.0.5-r1.apk
  •  hwids-20201207-r0.apk
  •  hwids-net-20201207-r0.apk
  •  hwids-pci-20201207-r0.apk
  •  hwids-udev-20201207-r0.apk
  •  hwids-usb-20201207-r0.apk
  •  ifupdown-ng-0.10.2-r2.apk
  •  ifupdown-ng-ethtool-0.10.2-r2.apk
  •  ifupdown-ng-iproute2-0.10.2-r2.apk
  •  ifupdown-ng-ppp-0.10.2-r2.apk
  •  igmpproxy-0.2.1-r0.apk
  •  inih-52-r1.apk
  •  ip6tables-1.8.6-r0.apk
  •  ip6tables-openrc-1.8.6-r0.apk
  •  iproute2-5.10.0-r1.apk
  •  iproute2-minimal-5.10.0-r1.apk
  •  iproute2-qos-0.5-r1.apk
  •  iproute2-ss-5.10.0-r1.apk
  •  iproute2-tc-5.10.0-r1.apk
  •  ipset-7.10-r0.apk
  •  ipset-openrc-7.10-r0.apk
  •  iptables-1.8.6-r0.apk
  •  iptables-openrc-1.8.6-r0.apk
  •  iputils-20190709-r1.apk
  •  irssi-1.2.2-r4.apk
  •  json-c-0.15-r1.apk
  •  kbd-bkeymaps-2.4.0-r0.apk
  •  keyutils-libs-1.6.3-r0.apk
  •  kmod-28-r0.apk
  •  kmod-libs-28-r0.apk
  •  kmod-openrc-28-r0.apk
  •  krb5-conf-1.0-r2.apk
  •  krb5-libs-1.18.3-r1.apk
  •  lddtree-1.26-r2.apk
  •  ldns-1.7.1-r1.apk
  •  ldns-tools-1.7.1-r1.apk
  •  lftp-4.9.2-r1.apk
  •  libacl-2.2.53-r0.apk
  •  libaio-0.3.112-r1.apk
  •  libassuan-2.5.4-r0.apk
  •  libattr-2.4.48-r0.apk
  •  libblkid-2.36.1-r0.apk
  •  libbz2-1.0.8-r1.apk
  •  libcap-2.46-r0.apk
  •  libcap-ng-0.8.2-r0.apk
  •  libcom_err-1.45.6-r1.apk
  •  libcrypto1.1-1.1.1i-r0.apk
  •  libcurl-7.74.0-r0.apk
  •  libc-utils-0.7.2-r3.apk
  •  libdnet-1.12-r8.apk
  •  libeconf-0.3.8-r0.apk
  •  libedit-20191231.3.1-r1.apk
  •  libelf-0.182-r0.apk
  •  libev-4.33-r0.apk
  •  libevent-2.1.12-r1.apk
  •  libfdisk-2.36.1-r0.apk
  •  libffi-3.3-r2.apk
  •  libgcc-10.2.1_pre1-r3.apk
  •  libgcrypt-1.8.7-r0.apk
  •  libgpg-error-1.41-r0.apk
  •  libintl-0.20.2-r2.apk
  •  libksba-1.5.0-r0.apk
  •  libldap-2.4.56-r0.apk
  •  libmagic-5.39-r0.apk
  •  libmnl-1.0.4-r1.apk
  •  libmount-2.36.1-r0.apk
  •  libnet-1.2-r0.apk
  •  libnetfilter_conntrack-1.0.8-r0.apk
  •  libnetfilter_cthelper-1.0.0-r1.apk
  •  libnetfilter_cttimeout-1.0.0-r1.apk
  •  libnetfilter_queue-1.0.5-r0.apk
  •  libnfnetlink-1.0.1-r2.apk
  •  libnfsidmap-2.5.2-r0.apk
  •  libnftnl-libs-1.1.8-r0.apk
  •  libnl3-3.5.0-r0.apk
  •  libpcap-1.10.0-r0.apk
  •  librtlsdr-0.6.0-r1.apk
  •  libsasl-2.1.27-r10.apk
  •  libseccomp-2.5.1-r0.apk
  •  libsecret-0.20.4-r0.apk
  •  libsmartcols-2.36.1-r0.apk
  •  libssl1.1-1.1.1i-r0.apk
  •  libstdc++-10.2.1_pre1-r3.apk
  •  libtasn1-4.16.0-r1.apk
  •  libtirpc-1.3.1-r0.apk
  •  libtirpc-conf-1.3.1-r0.apk
  •  libtls-standalone-2.9.1-r1.apk
  •  libunistring-0.9.10-r0.apk
  •  libusb-1.0.24-r0.apk
  •  libutempter-1.2.1-r2.apk
  •  libuuid-2.36.1-r0.apk
  •  libverto-0.3.1-r1.apk
  •  linenoise-1.0-r1.apk
  •  links-2.21-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-3com-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-acenic-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-adaptec-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-advansys-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-amd-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-amdgpu-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-amd-ucode-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-ar3k-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-ath10k-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-ath11k-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-ath6k-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-ath9k_htc-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-atmel-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-atusb-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-av7110-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-bnx2-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-bnx2x-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-brcm-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-cadence-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-cavium-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-cis-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-cpia2-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-cxgb3-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-cxgb4-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-cypress-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-dabusb-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-dpaa2-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-dsp56k-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-e100-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-edgeport-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-emi26-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-emi62-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-ene-ub6250-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-ess-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-go7007-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-i915-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-imx-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-inside-secure-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-intel-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-isci-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-kaweth-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-keyspan-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-keyspan_pda-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-korg-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-libertas-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-liquidio-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-matrox-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-mediatek-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-mellanox-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-meson-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-microchip-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-moxa-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-mrvl-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-mwl8k-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-mwlwifi-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-myricom-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-netronome-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-nvidia-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-ositech-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-other-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-qca-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-qcom-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-qed-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-qlogic-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-r128-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-radeon-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-rockchip-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-rsi-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-rtl8192e-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-rtl_bt-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-rtl_nic-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-rtlwifi-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-rtw88-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-sb16-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-slicoss-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-sun-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-sxg-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-tehuti-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-ti-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-ti-connectivity-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-tigon-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-ti-keystone-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-ttusb-budget-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-ueagle-atm-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-vicam-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-vxge-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-yam-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-yamaha-20201218-r0.apk
  •  linux-lts-5.10.7-r0.apk
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Version: 3.20.1
Rating: 1
Date: 2024-07-10
Votes: 1


Alpine Linux has SSE and SSE2 as a CPU requirement . I don't know wether it is because of this but Alpine 3.20.0 and up will also not start anymore on my Pentium I,II and III hardware. This is a enormous great pity in many aspects!

Who's next?
Most distro's that claim they're suitable for i386, i486 , i586 or i686 processors also implement SSE(2). This makes them, in fact, only suiteable for the higher end i686 processors (approx.) starting with pentium IV. Distro's that still run on Pentium I,II and III hardware are becoming very rare now. Crazy! I really did put quite some time not to find the abounded "Illegal Instruction" in i386, i486 , i586 distro's.

There is some luck because old non-active versions of Alpine linux are still there incl. the repos. And TinyCore Linux and NetBSD are active distro's that still continue respecting these old pc's. For me they seem the safest choice for now.

To be honest I have to bring my vote for Alpine Linux back from 10 to 1 for Alpine seemed to have dropped support for old computers and old computers are my passion.



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Version: 3.19.1
Rating: 5
Date: 2024-05-31
Votes: 0


I've been using Alpine for 5-6 years. Headless machine for Nextcloud.

Unfortunately, each new version brought its own proper mess. No indications provided : you're on your own.
Succeeded to figure it out till 3.19->3.20 where I'm stuck (transitional package nextcloud28 can't be installed).
No support whatsoever, so I'm giving up.

Also, be aware that systemctl isn't used. No EFI install and you'll have to stick with grub (obviously not a problem in a single boot headless machine - except for grub's own mess).

A remarkable distro from dev/sysadmin to dev/sysadmin.
If you're not among the happy few, look for something more mainstream..


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Version: 3.19.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2024-05-13
Votes: 14


Decided to give Alpine a spin whilst Void transitioned to Plasma 6 but I might stay with Alpine. During the installation (which was a very simple process) confused me because I thought the downloads were not working, but low and behold, they were just very fast. A download from DNF from Fedora for example would take up 15 to 20 seconds to download a 1.5GB package whilst APK from Alpine would take about 5 seconds (maybe less) for the same size, just incredible.

Alpine is very customizable in terms of packages so you can only download the stuff you need. Also Alpine uses Musl for further minimalist installs as appose to the common Glibc so there may be instances where flatpaks will be your best friend. Overall I'm really enjoying Alpine, currently using KDE with flatpaks for some gaming,general web browsing and some emulation and it has been a blast. I would not recommend to new users due to needing some knowledge on the packages you need for your build and setting up services such as dbus.


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