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Alpine Linux

Last Update: 2022-05-24 00:42 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.

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Alpine Summary
Distribution Alpine Linux
Home Page https://www.alpinelinux.org/
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  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 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
 • 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
 • More Alpine releases...

  Headlines:
 • 2022-03-01 Packaging minimal images with apko
 • 2021-09-27 Drew DeVault talks about packaging software
 • 2021-04-27 Alpine may create its own service manager
 • 2018-12-20 Alpine eing ported to RISC-V
 • 2016-10-12 Alpine to use LibreSSL
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Feature 3.16.0 3.15.4 3.14.5 3.13.9 3.12.11 3.10.6 3.6.2 3.2.2 2.7.8 1.10.6 Feature
Release Date 2022-05-23 2022-04-04 2022-03-28 2022-03-28 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$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 100-500 100-500 100-500 100-500 100-500 100-500 70-300       Image Size (MB)
Free Download 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 Installation
Default Desktop -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Default Desktop
Package Management APK APK APK APK APK APK APK APK APK APK Package Management
Release Model 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 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 BusyBox BusyBox BusyBox Init Software
Journaled File Systems ext4 ext4 ext4 ext4 ext4 ext4 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 Journaled File Systems
Multilingual -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Multilingual
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 3.16.0 3.15.4 3.14.5 3.13.9 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 3.5.0
  Number of packages: 246 (download as TXT)
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  •  acct-6.6.2-r0.apk
  •  alpine-base-3.5.0-r0.apk
  •  alpine-baselayout-3.0.4-r0.apk
  •  alpine-conf-3.5.0-r2.apk
  •  alpine-keys-1.3-r0.apk
  •  alpine-mirrors-3.4.4-r0.apk
  •  apk-tools-2.6.8-r1.apk
  •  arpon-3.0-r0.apk
  •  arpwatch-2.1a15-r14.apk
  •  awall-1.3.1-r0.apk
  •  bash-4.3.46-r4.apk
  •  bind-libs-9.10.4_p4-r0.apk
  •  bind-tools-9.10.4_p4-r0.apk
  •  bkeymaps-1.13-r4.apk
  •  blkid-2.28.2-r1.apk
  •  bonding-2.6-r3.apk
  •  bridge-1.5-r3.apk
  •  bridge-utils-1.5-r5.apk
  •  btrfs-progs-4.8.5-r0.apk
  •  busybox-1.25.1-r0.apk
  •  busybox-initscripts-3.0-r8.apk
  •  busybox-suid-1.25.1-r0.apk
  •  bwm-ng-0.6.1-r3.apk
  •  ca-certificates-20161130-r0.apk
  •  c-ares-1.12.0-r0.apk
  •  cciss_vol_status-1.11-r2.apk
  •  chrony-2.4-r0.apk
  •  cksfv-1.3.14-r3.apk
  •  conntrack-tools-1.4.4-r0.apk
  •  cryptsetup-1.7.2-r1.apk
  •  cryptsetup-libs-1.7.2-r1.apk
  •  cutter-1.04-r0.apk
  •  cyrus-sasl-2.1.26-r8.apk
  •  dahdi-linux-2.11.1-r0.apk
  •  dahdi-linux-grsec-4.4.39-r2.apk
  •  dahdi-tools-2.6.1-r2.apk
  •  db-5.3.28-r0.apk
  •  dbus-1.10.12-r0.apk
  •  dbus-libs-1.10.12-r0.apk
  •  device-mapper-event-libs-2.02.168-r3.apk
  •  device-mapper-libs-2.02.168-r3.apk
  •  dhcp-4.3.4-r2.apk
  •  dhcpcd-6.11.5-r0.apk
  •  dhcrelay-4.3.4-r2.apk
  •  dnsmasq-2.76-r1.apk
  •  dnssec-root-20100715-r3.apk
  •  dosfstools-4.0-r0.apk
  •  e2fsprogs-1.43.3-r0.apk
  •  e2fsprogs-libs-1.43.3-r0.apk
  •  email-3.1.4-r2.apk
  •  ethtool-4.8-r0.apk
  •  eudev-libs-3.2-r1.apk
  •  expat-2.2.0-r0.apk
  •  findmnt-2.28.2-r1.apk
  •  fping-3.13-r0.apk
  •  fprobe-1.1-r7.apk
  •  glib-2.50.2-r0.apk
  •  gmp-6.1.1-r0.apk
  •  gzip-1.8-r0.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
  •  heimdal-libs-1.6_rc2-r5.apk
  •  htop-2.0.2-r0.apk
  •  hwdata-0.282-r0.apk
  •  hwdata-oui-0.282-r0.apk
  •  hwdata-pci-0.282-r0.apk
  •  hwdata-pnp-0.282-r0.apk
  •  hwdata-usb-0.282-r0.apk
  •  igmpproxy-0.1-r5.apk
  •  ip6tables-1.6.0-r0.apk
  •  iproute2-4.7.0-r0.apk
  •  iproute2-qos-0.5-r1.apk
  •  ipsec-tools-0.8.2-r4.apk
  •  ipset-6.29-r0.apk
  •  iptables-1.6.0-r0.apk
  •  iputils-20121221-r4.apk
  •  irssi-0.8.20-r1.apk
  •  keyutils-libs-1.5.9-r1.apk
  •  kmod-23-r1.apk
  •  krb5-conf-1.0-r1.apk
  •  krb5-libs-1.14.3-r1.apk
  •  lddtree-1.25-r2.apk
  •  ldns-1.6.17-r4.apk
  •  ldns-tools-1.6.17-r4.apk
  •  lftp-4.7.4-r0.apk
  •  libacl-2.2.52-r2.apk
  •  libattr-2.4.47-r4.apk
  •  libblkid-2.28.2-r1.apk
  •  libbz2-1.0.6-r5.apk
  •  libcap-2.25-r1.apk
  •  libcom_err-1.43.3-r0.apk
  •  libcurl-7.52.0-r0.apk
  •  libc-utils-0.7-r1.apk
  •  libdnet-1.12-r7.apk
  •  libelf-0.8.13-r2.apk
  •  libev-4.22-r0.apk
  •  libevent-2.0.22-r1.apk
  •  libfdisk-2.28.2-r1.apk
  •  libffi-3.2.1-r2.apk
  •  libgcc-6.2.1-r1.apk
  •  libintl-0.19.8.1-r0.apk
  •  libmnl-1.0.4-r0.apk
  •  libmount-2.28.2-r1.apk
  •  libnet-1.1.6-r2.apk
  •  libnetfilter_conntrack-1.0.6-r0.apk
  •  libnetfilter_cthelper-1.0.0-r0.apk
  •  libnetfilter_cttimeout-1.0.0-r0.apk
  •  libnetfilter_queue-1.0.2-r0.apk
  •  libnfnetlink-1.0.1-r1.apk
  •  libnfsidmap-0.25-r1.apk
  •  libnftnl-libs-1.0.7-r0.apk
  •  libnl3-3.2.28-r0.apk
  •  libpcap-1.7.4-r1.apk
  •  libressl-2.4.4-r0.apk
  •  libressl2.4-libcrypto-2.4.4-r0.apk
  •  libressl2.4-libssl-2.4.4-r0.apk
  •  libsasl-2.1.26-r8.apk
  •  libseccomp-2.3.1-r0.apk
  •  libsmartcols-2.28.2-r1.apk
  •  libssh2-1.7.0-r2.apk
  •  libstdc++-6.2.1-r1.apk
  •  libtirpc-1.0.1-r0.apk
  •  libusb-1.0.20-r0.apk
  •  libuuid-2.28.2-r1.apk
  •  libverto-0.2.5-r0.apk
  •  libxml2-2.9.4-r0.apk
  •  linenoise-1.0-r0.apk
  •  links-2.14-r0.apk
  •  linux-firmware-20160516-r0.apk
  •  linux-grsec-4.4.39-r2.apk
  •  lm_sensors-3.4.0-r3.apk
  •  logrotate-3.10.0-r0.apk
  •  lsof-4.89-r0.apk
  •  lua5.1-5.1.5-r2.apk
  •  lua-5.1.5-r4.apk
  •  lua5.1-alt-getopt-0.7-r8.apk
  •  lua5.1-bitlib-5.3.0-r0.apk
  •  lua5.1-cjson-2.1.0-r6.apk
  •  lua5.1-libs-5.1.5-r2.apk
  •  lua5.1-pc-1.0.0-r9.apk
  •  lua5.1-posix-33.4.0-r0.apk
  •  lua5.1-stringy-0.4.0-r5.apk
  •  lua5.2-libs-5.2.4-r2.apk
  •  lua5.3-5.3.3-r0.apk
  •  lua5.3-libs-5.3.3-r0.apk
  •  lua-alt-getopt-0.7-r8.apk
  •  lua-cjson-2.1.0-r6.apk
  •  lua-pc-1.0.0-r9.apk
  •  lua-posix-33.4.0-r0.apk
  •  lua-stringy-0.4.0-r5.apk
  •  lvm2-2.02.168-r3.apk
  •  lvm2-libs-2.02.168-r3.apk
  •  lxc-2.0.6-r1.apk
  •  lxc-libs-2.0.6-r1.apk
  •  lxc-templates-2.0.6-r1.apk
  •  lzo-2.09-r1.apk
  •  mdadm-3.4-r0.apk
  •  mkinitfs-3.0.7-r1.apk
  •  mtools-4.0.18-r1.apk
  •  musl-1.1.15-r5.apk
  •  musl-utils-1.1.15-r5.apk
  •  nano-2.7.2-r0.apk
  •  ncurses-libs-6.0-r7.apk
  •  ncurses-terminfo-6.0-r7.apk
  •  ncurses-terminfo-base-6.0-r7.apk
  •  net-snmp-5.7.3-r7.apk
  •  net-snmp-agent-libs-5.7.3-r7.apk
  •  net-snmp-libs-5.7.3-r7.apk
  •  net-snmp-tools-5.7.3-r7.apk
  •  network-extras-1.2-r0.apk
  •  newt-0.52.16-r0.apk
  •  nfs-utils-1.3.4-r0.apk
  •  nrpe-2.15-r4.apk
  •  nsd-4.1.13-r1.apk
  •  opennhrp-0.14.1-r6.apk
  •  openrc-0.21.7-r3.apk
  •  openssh-7.4_p1-r0.apk
  •  openssh-client-7.4_p1-r0.apk
  •  openssh-sftp-server-7.4_p1-r0.apk
  •  openvpn-2.3.14-r0.apk
  •  openvswitch-2.6.0-r1.apk
  •  parted-3.2-r5.apk
  •  paxctl-0.9-r0.apk
  •  pax-utils-1.1.6-r0.apk
  •  pciutils-3.5.2-r0.apk
  •  pciutils-libs-3.5.2-r0.apk
  •  pcre-8.39-r0.apk
  •  pcsc-lite-libs-1.8.18-r1.apk
  •  pingu-1.5-r1.apk
  •  pkgconf-1.0.2-r0.apk
  •  popt-1.16-r6.apk
  •  ppp-2.4.7-r5.apk
  •  ppp-atm-2.4.7-r5.apk
  •  ppp-chat-2.4.7-r5.apk
  •  ppp-daemon-2.4.7-r5.apk
  •  ppp-l2tp-2.4.7-r5.apk
  •  ppp-minconn-2.4.7-r5.apk
  •  ppp-passprompt-2.4.7-r5.apk
  •  ppp-passwordfd-2.4.7-r5.apk
  •  ppp-pppoe-2.4.7-r5.apk
  •  ppp-radius-2.4.7-r5.apk
  •  ppp-winbind-2.4.7-r5.apk
  •  quagga-1.1.0-r0.apk
  •  quagga-nhrp-1.1.0-r1.apk
  •  readline-6.3.008-r4.apk
  •  rpcbind-0.2.3-r3.apk
  •  rsync-3.1.2-r2.apk
  •  scanelf-1.1.6-r0.apk
  •  screen-4.4.0-r0.apk
  •  sfdisk-2.28.2-r1.apk
  •  slang-2.2.4-r2.apk
  •  sntpc-0.9-r6.apk
  •  socat-1.7.3.1-r1.apk
  •  sqlite-libs-3.15.2-r0.apk
  •  ssmtp-2.64-r9.apk
  •  strace-4.14-r0.apk
  •  strongswan-5.5.1-r1.apk
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  •  sysklogd-1.5.1-r0.apk
  •  syslinux-6.04_pre1-r0.apk
  •  tar-1.29-r1.apk
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  •  tcpproxy-2.0.0_beta15-r4.apk
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  •  unbound-1.5.10-r2.apk
  •  unbound-libs-1.5.10-r2.apk
  •  unrar-5.4.5-r0.apk
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  •  usbutils-008-r0.apk
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  •  zlib-1.2.8-r2.apk
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Version: 3.16.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2022-06-11
Votes: 13


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The most sane distro available as of 2022.

Minimal, efficient, secure, simple, stable -- these are all words that come to mind when describing Alpine Linux.

Compared to Void Linux, Alpine is smaller, more secure, stable, and actively maintained, though both distros are excellent choices.

I look forward to a future when Alpine has its own s6-based init system (in development), though in the mean time I am happy with OpenRC.

If you want a truly minimal linux distro that does everything you want but nothing more, look no further.

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Version: 3.16.0
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Date: 2022-05-25
Votes: 19


Gave Alpine a try today and I am in LOVE! Man, this thing is super easy to get on with and is very versatile -- from simple server running just syncthing to full desktop workstation with xfce (my pref), just be sure to enable the repos.

I've been a long time Void user and will continue to use it as my daily driver. Alpine will be for servers and very possibly my HTPC since the repo has everything i need.

musl is snappy, that's a huge compliment coming from an avid Void user.

Fantastic distro. Finally gave it a try, very impressed.




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Version: 3.15.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2022-02-23
Votes: 61


Alpine Linux is pretty small and secure, it's a great and minimalistic Operating System offering an absolute perfect base for Docker images. Currently the Alpine-Linux Docker base image has about 6 megabytes on the Docker Registry.

It is based on musl as it's standard C library and Busybox which is a software suite which provides several standard tools in one executable file, especially created for low footprint operating systems.

I build Docker Images by myself so I can tell about the difference having an about thirty megabyte image where other comparable images occupy a few hundred megabytes on your harddisk by having absolutely no benefits compared to Alpine-Based images. It's exactly the opposite, as it's pretty secure by the position-independent execution technique which randomizes the position of running applications in memory and therefore minimizes attack vectors and preventing buffer overflows with it's stack smasching protection additionally.

It has apk (not to be confused with Android APKs) as it's package manager which is lean and fast and doesn't lack of any features, at least for myself. Some packages aren't available in the distribution though but I never missed anything special.

Even I just use it on console, you can install a x-windows system as Alpine supports several window managers.

The distribution and it's packages are actively maintained.

My conclusion: a small memory footprint, it's security features and no unnecessary packages installed makes it my absolute favorite Linux distribution.

This is a fire-and-forget, I just love it!


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