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Alpine Linux


Last Update: 2024-05-22 13:34 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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Alpine Summary
Distribution Alpine Linux
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 • 2023-05-09: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 3.18.0
 • 2022-11-22: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 3.17.0
 • 2022-05-24: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 3.16.0
 • 2021-11-24: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 3.15.0
 • 2021-01-14: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 3.13.0
 • 2020-05-29: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 3.12.0
 • 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
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Feature 3.20.0 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 Feature
Release Date 2024-05-22 2024-12-26 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
End Of Life                             End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 200-900 200-900 200-900 100-800 100-800 100-700 100-700 100-600 100-500 100-500 70-300       Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
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
Default Desktop -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Default Desktop
Package Management APK APK APK APK APK APK APK APK APK APK APK APK APK APK Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Office Suite
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
Multilingual -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 3.20.0 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 3.18.0
  Number of packages: 464 (download as TXT)
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  •  acct-6.6.4-r2.apk
  •  acct-openrc-6.6.4-r2.apk
  •  agetty-2.38.1-r7.apk
  •  agetty-openrc-0.47.1-r0.apk
  •  alpine-base-3.18.0-r0.apk
  •  alpine-baselayout-3.4.3-r1.apk
  •  alpine-baselayout-data-3.4.3-r1.apk
  •  alpine-conf-3.16.1-r0.apk
  •  alpine-keys-2.4-r1.apk
  •  alpine-release-3.18.0-r0.apk
  •  apk-tools-2.14.0-r0.apk
  •  argon2-libs-20190702-r4.apk
  •  arpon-3.0-r7.apk
  •  arpon-openrc-3.0-r7.apk
  •  arpwatch-3.3-r2.apk
  •  arpwatch-openrc-3.3-r2.apk
  •  awall-1.12.2-r0.apk
  •  bash-5.2.15-r3.apk
  •  blkid-2.38.1-r7.apk
  •  bonding-2.6-r5.apk
  •  botan-libs-2.19.3-r3.apk
  •  bridge-1.5-r5.apk
  •  bridge-utils-1.7.1-r2.apk
  •  brotli-libs-1.0.9-r14.apk
  •  btrfs-progs-6.3-r0.apk
  •  busybox-1.36.0-r9.apk
  •  busybox-binsh-1.36.0-r9.apk
  •  busybox-mdev-openrc-1.36.0-r9.apk
  •  busybox-openrc-1.36.0-r9.apk
  •  busybox-suid-1.36.0-r9.apk
  •  bwm-ng-0.6.3-r3.apk
  •  ca-certificates-20230506-r0.apk
  •  ca-certificates-bundle-20230506-r0.apk
  •  c-ares-1.19.0-r3.apk
  •  cfdisk-2.38.1-r7.apk
  •  chrony-4.3-r4.apk
  •  chrony-openrc-4.3-r4.apk
  •  cksfv-1.3.15-r3.apk
  •  conntrack-tools-1.4.7-r1.apk
  •  conntrack-tools-openrc-1.4.7-r1.apk
  •  coreutils-9.3-r1.apk
  •  cryptsetup-2.6.1-r3.apk
  •  cryptsetup-libs-2.6.1-r3.apk
  •  cryptsetup-openrc-2.6.1-r3.apk
  •  curl-8.0.1-r2.apk
  •  cutter-1.04-r5.apk
  •  cyrus-sasl-2.1.28-r4.apk
  •  cyrus-sasl-openrc-2.1.28-r4.apk
  •  dbus-libs-1.14.6-r3.apk
  •  device-mapper-event-libs-2.03.21-r2.apk
  •  device-mapper-libs-2.03.21-r2.apk
  •  dhcp-4.4.3_p1-r2.apk
  •  dhcpcd-10.0.1-r2.apk
  •  dhcpcd-openrc-10.0.1-r2.apk
  •  dhcp-openrc-4.4.3_p1-r2.apk
  •  dhcp-server-vanilla-4.4.3_p1-r2.apk
  •  dhcrelay-4.4.3_p1-r2.apk
  •  dhcrelay-openrc-4.4.3_p1-r2.apk
  •  dnsmasq-2.89-r5.apk
  •  dnsmasq-common-2.89-r5.apk
  •  dnsmasq-openrc-2.89-r5.apk
  •  dnssec-root-20190225-r2.apk
  •  doas-6.8.2-r4.apk
  •  dosfstools-4.2-r2.apk
  •  drill-1.8.3-r2.apk
  •  e2fsprogs-1.47.0-r2.apk
  •  e2fsprogs-extra-1.47.0-r2.apk
  •  e2fsprogs-libs-1.47.0-r2.apk
  •  efibootmgr-18-r2.apk
  •  efivar-libs-38-r4.apk
  •  ethtool-6.2-r1.apk
  •  eudev-libs-3.2.11-r8.apk
  •  f2fs-tools-1.16.0-r0.apk
  •  f2fs-tools-libs-1.16.0-r0.apk
  •  findmnt-2.38.1-r7.apk
  •  flock-2.38.1-r7.apk
  •  fping-5.1-r4.apk
  •  fprobe-1.1-r12.apk
  •  fstrim-2.38.1-r7.apk
  •  gdbm-1.23-r1.apk
  •  gmp-6.2.1-r3.apk
  •  gnutls-3.8.0-r2.apk
  •  grub-2.06-r11.apk
  •  grub-bios-2.06-r11.apk
  •  grub-efi-2.06-r11.apk
  •  heimdal-libs-7.8.0-r3.apk
  •  hexdump-2.38.1-r7.apk
  •  htop-3.2.2-r1.apk
  •  hwdata-0.370-r0.apk
  •  hwdata-net-0.370-r0.apk
  •  hwdata-pci-0.370-r0.apk
  •  hwdata-pnp-0.370-r0.apk
  •  hwdata-usb-0.370-r0.apk
  •  ifupdown-ng-0.12.1-r2.apk
  •  ifupdown-ng-ethtool-0.12.1-r2.apk
  •  ifupdown-ng-iproute2-0.12.1-r2.apk
  •  ifupdown-ng-ppp-0.12.1-r2.apk
  •  ifupdown-ng-wifi-0.12.1-r2.apk
  •  ifupdown-ng-wireguard-0.12.1-r2.apk
  •  ifupdown-ng-wireguard-quick-0.12.1-r2.apk
  •  igmpproxy-0.4-r1.apk
  •  inih-56-r1.apk
  •  ip6tables-1.8.9-r2.apk
  •  ip6tables-openrc-1.8.9-r2.apk
  •  iproute2-6.3.0-r0.apk
  •  iproute2-minimal-6.3.0-r0.apk
  •  iproute2-qos-0.5-r4.apk
  •  iproute2-ss-6.3.0-r0.apk
  •  iproute2-tc-6.3.0-r0.apk
  •  ipset-7.17-r1.apk
  •  ipset-openrc-7.17-r1.apk
  •  iptables-1.8.9-r2.apk
  •  iptables-openrc-1.8.9-r2.apk
  •  iputils-20221126-r2.apk
  •  iputils-arping-20221126-r2.apk
  •  iputils-clockdiff-20221126-r2.apk
  •  iputils-ping-20221126-r2.apk
  •  iputils-tracepath-20221126-r2.apk
  •  iw-5.19-r1.apk
  •  jitterentropy-library-3.4.1-r0.apk
  •  json-c-0.16-r3.apk
  •  kbd-bkeymaps-2.5.1-r7.apk
  •  kea-2.2.0-r11.apk
  •  kea-common-2.2.0-r11.apk
  •  kea-dhcp4-2.2.0-r11.apk
  •  kea-dhcp6-2.2.0-r11.apk
  •  keyutils-libs-1.6.3-r3.apk
  •  kmod-30-r3.apk
  •  kmod-libs-30-r3.apk
  •  kmod-openrc-30-r3.apk
  •  krb5-conf-1.0-r2.apk
  •  krb5-libs-1.20.1-r1.apk
  •  lddtree-1.27-r0.apk
  •  ldns-1.8.3-r2.apk
  •  ldns-tools-1.8.3-r2.apk
  •  libacl-2.3.1-r3.apk
  •  libaio-0.3.113-r1.apk
  •  libattr-2.5.1-r4.apk
  •  libblkid-2.38.1-r7.apk
  •  libbz2-1.0.8-r5.apk
  •  libcap2-2.68-r2.apk
  •  libcap-ng-0.8.3-r3.apk
  •  libcom_err-1.47.0-r2.apk
  •  libcrypto3-3.1.0-r4.apk
  •  libcurl-8.0.1-r2.apk
  •  libc-utils-0.7.2-r5.apk
  •  libdnet-1.16.4-r1.apk
  •  libeconf-0.5.2-r1.apk
  •  libedit-20221030.3.1-r1.apk
  •  libelf-0.189-r1.apk
  •  libev-4.33-r1.apk
  •  libevent-2.1.12-r6.apk
  •  libexpat-2.5.0-r1.apk
  •  libfdisk-2.38.1-r7.apk
  •  libffi-3.4.4-r2.apk
  •  libgcc-12.2.1_git20220924-r10.apk
  •  libgomp-12.2.1_git20220924-r10.apk
  •  libidn2-2.3.4-r1.apk
  •  libintl-0.21.1-r5.apk
  •  libmnl-1.0.5-r1.apk
  •  libmount-2.38.1-r7.apk
  •  libncursesw-6.4_p20230506-r0.apk
  •  libnet-1.2-r2.apk
  •  libnetfilter_conntrack-1.0.9-r2.apk
  •  libnetfilter_cthelper-1.0.1-r2.apk
  •  libnetfilter_cttimeout-1.0.1-r2.apk
  •  libnetfilter_queue-1.0.5-r2.apk
  •  libnfnetlink-1.0.2-r2.apk
  •  libnfsidmap-2.6.3-r1.apk
  •  libnftnl-1.2.5-r1.apk
  •  libnl3-3.7.0-r1.apk
  •  libpanelw-6.4_p20230506-r0.apk
  •  libpcap-1.10.4-r1.apk
  •  libpq-15.2-r4.apk
  •  libretls-3.7.0-r1.apk
  •  libsasl-2.1.28-r4.apk
  •  libseccomp-2.5.4-r2.apk
  •  libsmartcols-2.38.1-r7.apk
  •  libssl3-3.1.0-r4.apk
  •  libstdc++-12.2.1_git20220924-r10.apk
  •  libtasn1-4.19.0-r1.apk
  •  libtirpc-1.3.3-r2.apk
  •  libtirpc-conf-1.3.3-r2.apk
  •  libunistring-1.1-r1.apk
  •  libusb-1.0.26-r2.apk
  •  libuuid-2.38.1-r7.apk
  •  libverto-0.3.2-r2.apk
  •  libxxhash-0.8.1-r4.apk
  •  links-2.29-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-3com-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-acenic-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-adaptec-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-advansys-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-amd-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-amdgpu-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-amd-ucode-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-amphion-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-ar3k-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-ath10k-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-ath11k-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-ath6k-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-ath9k_htc-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-atmel-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-atusb-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-av7110-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-bnx2-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-bnx2x-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-brcm-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-cadence-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-cavium-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-cirrus-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-cis-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-cnm-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-cpia2-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-cxgb3-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-cxgb4-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-cypress-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-dabusb-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-dpaa2-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-dsp56k-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-e100-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-edgeport-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-emi26-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-emi62-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-ene-ub6250-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-ess-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-go7007-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-i915-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-imx-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-inside-secure-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-intel-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-isci-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-kaweth-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-keyspan-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-keyspan_pda-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-korg-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-libertas-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-liquidio-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-matrox-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-mediatek-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-mellanox-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-meson-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-microchip-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-moxa-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-mrvl-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-mwl8k-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-mwlwifi-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-myricom-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-netronome-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-none-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-nvidia-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-nxp-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-ositech-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-other-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-qca-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-qcom-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-qed-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-qlogic-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-r128-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-radeon-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-rockchip-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-rsi-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-rtl8192e-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-rtl_bt-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-rtl_nic-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-rtlwifi-20230404-r1.apk
  •  linux-firmware-rtw88-20230404-r1.apk
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Version: 3.19.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2024-05-13
Votes: 2


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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Version: 3.19.1
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-04-21
Votes: 28


This is really the most clear and bloat-free Linux distro you can ever get. That's why it's called Alpine Linux, because it's so clear like the air in the Alps. The install is very straightforward, and you can easily install all of the major DEs like KDE or Xfce. It has neofetch in the repo, so how can it be a bad distro? Memory consumption is unreal, 100 MB on a fresh install without a DE. I just recently discovered this distro and I thought Arch was a minimal distro, but this is way more lean than Arch Linux.


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Version: 3.19.1
Rating: 9
Date: 2024-04-07
Votes: 12


As a long time user of Alpine, since 3.10, I must say it is the only distro that fuels my enthusiasm on the Linux world. The KISS approach (Keep It Simple, Stupid) is the winning formula for me, in a software world that has become full of unnecessary complexity and TOTAL nonsense.

Pros:

- slim, tini-tiny surface of attack, easy to make it EXTREMELY secure if you know what to do

- apk is a work of art

- used it in ultra-heavy-workload virtualization/backup servers, was simply the fastest/mosty efficent distro ever

- peace of mind when you run "netstat -anp" and see that the ports that are OPEN are THE ports YOU decided were open, not some obscure binary program outside of your control (systemd?)

- full of modern features, recent kernels/libs, very well mantained overall

Cons:

- documentation is sparse, sometimes you have to figure out yourself the changes made by looking into code/init

- community is basically an IRC channel and gitlab, seeking help can be a bit difficult, but developers are generally nice

- an effort to make something like a "default desktop" would be nice, imho.

- need a bit of grinding (not really THAT much) so maybe not very easy for beginners.

The missing glibc is not really a problem, you can just make a chroot or a similar "container", or even add it straight to the system with a third-party apk repository that works beautifully (made by Sasha Gerrand and available on github).

It's the only distro I use, and probably will. I'll switch to something else only if it gets systemd. It's THE deal-breaker for me.


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