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Alpine Linux

Last Update: 2019-08-20 15:08 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: 36 (290), 6 months: 32 (319), 3 months: 33 (300), 4 weeks: 45 (255), 1 week: 49 (229)

Average visitor rating: 8.37/10 from 19 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 --
Download Mirrors https://alpinelinux.org/downloads
Bug Tracker https://bugs.alpinelinux.org/
Related Websites  
Reviews 3.9: DistroWatch
3.2: DistroWatch
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 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
 • 2013-05-17: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 2.6.0
 • More Alpine releases...

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

Table Notes and Explanations

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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 3.10.2 3.6.2 3.2.2 2.7.8 1.10.6
Release Date 2019-08-20 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) 100-500 70-300      
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 aarch64, armhf, i386, ppc64, s390x, x86_64 armhf, i386, x86_64 armhf, i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386
Init Software Busybox, OpenRC BusyBox BusyBox BusyBox BusyBox
Journaled File Systems ext4 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3
Multilingual -- -- -- -- --
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- --
Full Package List 3.10.2 3.6.2 3.2.2 2.7.8 1.10.6

Full Package List:   Alpine Linux 3.6.0
  Number of packages: 56 (download as TXT)
  •  alpine-base-3.6.0-r0
  •  alpine-baselayout-3.0.4-r0
  •  alpine-conf-3.6.0_rc2-r0
  •  alpine-keys-2.1-r1
  •  alpine-mirrors-3.5.0-r0
  •  apk-tools-2.7.1-r0
  •  bonding-2.6-r3
  •  bridge-1.5-r3
  •  busybox-1.26.2-r4
  •  busybox-initscripts-3.1-r1
  •  busybox-suid-1.26.2-r4
  •  chrony-3.1-r1
  •  dbus-1.10.14-r0
  •  dbus-libs-1.10.14-r0
  •  e2fsprogs-1.43.4-r0
  •  e2fsprogs-libs-1.43.4-r0
  •  expat-2.2.0-r0
  •  kbd-bkeymaps-2.0.4-r2
  •  libblkid-2.28.2-r2
  •  libc-utils-0.7.1-r0
  •  libcap-2.25-r1
  •  libcom_err-1.43.4-r0
  •  libnl3-3.2.28-r0
  •  libressl-2.5.4-r0
  •  libressl2.5-libcrypto-2.5.4-r0
  •  libressl2.5-libssl-2.5.4-r0
  •  libressl2.5-libtls-2.5.4-r0
  •  libusb-1.0.21-r0
  •  libuuid-2.28.2-r2
  •  musl-1.1.16-r9
  •  musl-utils-1.1.16-r9
  •  network-extras-1.2-r0
  •  openrc-0.24.1-r2
  •  openssh-7.5_p1-r1
  •  openssh-client-7.5_p1-r1
  •  openssh-keygen-7.5_p1-r1
  •  openssh-server-7.5_p1-r1
  •  openssh-sftp-server-7.5_p1-r1
  •  pcsc-lite-libs-1.8.21-r0
  •  ppp-atm-2.4.7-r5
  •  ppp-chat-2.4.7-r5
  •  ppp-daemon-2.4.7-r5
  •  ppp-l2tp-2.4.7-r5
  •  ppp-minconn-2.4.7-r5
  •  ppp-passprompt-2.4.7-r5
  •  ppp-passwordfd-2.4.7-r5
  •  ppp-pppoe-2.4.7-r5
  •  ppp-radius-2.4.7-r5
  •  ppp-winbind-2.4.7-r5
  •  scanelf-1.2.2-r0
  •  tzdata-2017a-r0
  •  usb-modeswitch-2.5.0-r0
  •  vlan-1.9-r1
  •  wireless-tools-30_pre9-r0
  •  wpa_supplicant-2.6-r3
  •  zlib-1.2.11-r0

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Version: 3.10.2
Rating: 5
Date: 2019-09-19
Votes: 1

I bet this is a very good distro for building jails, containers and such. However after wasting hours upon hours on trying to set it up as a RDP kiosk I gave up. It definitely has its strong points - small size, quick to pick up, easy to start, boots fast and package manager is dead simple to use.

However in my case the cons overweight the pros - after a quick start there's quite a lot of configuration work needed to get it properly tailored. The hardest part about it is that the wiki is a mess, many pages are half-written and often contain inaccurate, incomplete, sometimes even outdated or downright wrong information. musl libs doesn't support locales. Package selection is disappointingly small. Some packages have a soft dependency on others (like Remmina needing freerdp-plugins to actually being able to connect to a RDP server), but it isn't mentioned anywhere. It renders some programs non-functional and one has to wade through log files in search for hints to what is missing, and then try to fix things on his/her own, because there's no word about it in the wiki and forum is nonexistent.

Overall I think this would be a very good distro with a broader usage if it was only better documented and supported, otherwise it largely boils down to how much time one is willing to sink into it.

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Version: 3.6.2
Rating: 1
Date: 2019-07-17
Votes: 1

Bug-ridden and unusable. The APK system is a nightmare to work with.

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Version: 3.10.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-06-23
Votes: 3

This is an excellent tiny/compact distro that I find very useful and powerful.

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