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Alpine Linux RSS Feed DistroWatch.com: Alpine Linux

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 --
Screencasts
Download Mirrors https://alpinelinux.org/downloads
Bug Tracker https://bugs.alpinelinux.org/
Related Websites  
Reviews 3.9: DistroWatch
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Where To Buy

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...

  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 3.10.2 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      
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
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 3.9.0
  Number of packages: 355 (download as TXT)
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  •  acct-6.6.4-r0
  •  alpine-base-3.9.0-r0
  •  alpine-baselayout-3.1.0-r3
  •  alpine-conf-3.8.1-r1
  •  alpine-keys-2.1-r1
  •  alpine-mirrors-3.5.10-r0
  •  apk-tools-2.10.3-r1
  •  argon2-libs-20171227-r1
  •  arpon-3.0-r2
  •  arpwatch-2.1a15-r16
  •  attr-2.4.47-r7
  •  awall-1.6.9-r0
  •  bash-4.4.19-r1
  •  blkid-2.33-r0
  •  bonding-2.6-r3
  •  bridge-1.5-r3
  •  bridge-utils-1.6-r0
  •  btrfs-progs-4.19.1-r0
  •  busybox-1.29.3-r10
  •  busybox-initscripts-3.1-r6
  •  busybox-suid-1.29.3-r10
  •  bwm-ng-0.6.1-r4
  •  c-ares-1.15.0-r0
  •  ca-certificates-20190108-r0
  •  ca-certificates-cacert-20190108-r0
  •  cciss_vol_status-1.12-r0
  •  chrony-3.4-r1
  •  cksfv-1.3.14-r4
  •  conntrack-tools-1.4.4-r0
  •  cryptsetup-2.0.6-r0
  •  cryptsetup-libs-2.0.6-r0
  •  cryptsetup-openrc-2.0.6-r0
  •  curl-7.63.0-r0
  •  cutter-1.04-r1
  •  cyrus-sasl-2.1.27-r0
  •  cyrus-sasl-openrc-2.1.27-r0
  •  dahdi-linux-3.0.0-r0
  •  dahdi-linux-vanilla-4.19.18-r0
  •  dahdi-tools-2.11.1-r0
  •  db-5.3.28-r1
  •  dbus-libs-1.10.24-r1
  •  device-mapper-event-libs-2.02.182-r0
  •  device-mapper-libs-2.02.182-r0
  •  dhcp-4.4.1-r1
  •  dhcpcd-7.0.8-r0
  •  dhcpcd-openrc-7.0.8-r0
  •  dhcrelay-4.4.1-r1
  •  dnsmasq-2.80-r3
  •  dnssec-root-20170203-r0
  •  dosfstools-4.1-r1
  •  drill-1.7.0-r2
  •  e2fsprogs-1.44.5-r0
  •  e2fsprogs-libs-1.44.5-r0
  •  email-3.1.4-r7
  •  ethtool-4.19-r0
  •  eudev-libs-3.2.7-r0
  •  expat-2.2.6-r0
  •  findmnt-2.33-r0
  •  fping-4.1-r0
  •  fprobe-1.1-r8
  •  freetype-2.9.1-r2
  •  glib-2.58.1-r2
  •  gmp-6.1.2-r1
  •  grub-2.02-r14
  •  grub-bios-2.02-r14
  •  grub-efi-2.02-r14
  •  haserl-0.9.35-r1
  •  haserl-lua5.1-0.9.35-r1
  •  haserl-lua5.2-0.9.35-r1
  •  haserl-lua5.3-0.9.35-r1
  •  htop-2.2.0-r0
  •  hwdata-0.318-r0
  •  hwdata-oui-0.318-r0
  •  hwdata-pci-0.318-r0
  •  hwdata-pnp-0.318-r0
  •  hwdata-usb-0.318-r0
  •  igmpproxy-0.2.1-r0
  •  ip6tables-1.6.2-r1
  •  iproute2-4.19.0-r0
  •  iproute2-qos-0.5-r1
  •  ipsec-tools-0.8.2-r8
  •  ipset-7.1-r0
  •  iptables-1.6.2-r1
  •  iputils-20180629-r1
  •  irssi-1.1.2-r0
  •  jansson-2.11-r0
  •  json-c-0.13.1-r0
  •  kbd-bkeymaps-2.0.4-r3
  •  keyutils-libs-1.6-r0
  •  kmod-24-r1
  •  kmod-openrc-24-r1
  •  krb5-conf-1.0-r1
  •  krb5-libs-1.15.5-r0
  •  lddtree-1.26-r1
  •  ldns-1.7.0-r2
  •  ldns-tools-1.7.0-r2
  •  lftp-4.8.4-r1
  •  libacl-2.2.52-r5
  •  libaio-0.3.111-r0
  •  libattr-2.4.47-r7
  •  libblkid-2.33-r0
  •  libbz2-1.0.6-r6
  •  libc-utils-0.7.1-r0
  •  libcap-2.26-r0
  •  libcap-ng-0.7.9-r1
  •  libcom_err-1.44.5-r0
  •  libcrypto1.1-1.1.1a-r1
  •  libcurl-7.63.0-r0
  •  libdnet-1.12-r7
  •  libedit-20181209.3.1-r0
  •  libelf-0.8.13-r3
  •  libev-4.25-r0
  •  libevent-2.1.8-r6
  •  libfdisk-2.33-r0
  •  libffi-3.2.1-r6
  •  libgcc-8.2.0-r2
  •  libintl-0.19.8.1-r4
  •  libmagic-5.35-r0
  •  libmnl-1.0.4-r0
  •  libmount-2.33-r0
  •  libnet-1.1.6-r2
  •  libnetfilter_conntrack-1.0.6-r0
  •  libnetfilter_cthelper-1.0.0-r0
  •  libnetfilter_cttimeout-1.0.0-r0
  •  libnetfilter_queue-1.0.3-r0
  •  libnfnetlink-1.0.1-r1
  •  libnfsidmap-2.3.2-r1
  •  libnftnl-libs-1.1.1-r0
  •  libnl3-3.4.0-r0
  •  libpcap-1.9.0-r1
  •  libpng-1.6.35-r0
  •  libressl-2.7.4-r2
  •  libressl2.7-libcrypto-2.7.4-r2
  •  libressl2.7-libssl-2.7.4-r2
  •  libressl2.7-libtls-2.7.4-r2
  •  libsasl-2.1.27-r0
  •  libseccomp-2.3.3-r1
  •  libsmartcols-2.33-r0
  •  libssh2-1.8.0-r4
  •  libssl1.1-1.1.1a-r1
  •  libstdc++-8.2.0-r2
  •  libtirpc-1.0.3-r0
  •  libtls-standalone-2.7.4-r6
  •  libusb-1.0.22-r0
  •  libuuid-2.33-r0
  •  libverto-0.3.0-r1
  •  linenoise-1.0-r1
  •  links-2.15-r2
  •  linux-firmware-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-3com-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-acenic-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-adaptec-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-advansys-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-amd-ucode-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-amdgpu-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-ar3k-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-ath10k-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-ath6k-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-ath9k_htc-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-atmel-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-atusb-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-av7110-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-bnx2-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-bnx2x-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-brcm-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-cadence-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-carl9170fw-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-cavium-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-cis-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-cpia2-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-cxgb3-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-cxgb4-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-dabusb-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-dpaa2-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-dsp56k-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-e100-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-edgeport-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-emi26-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-emi62-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-ene-ub6250-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-ess-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-go7007-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-i915-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-imx-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-intel-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-isci-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-kaweth-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-keyspan-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-keyspan_pda-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-korg-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-libertas-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-liquidio-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-matrox-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-mediatek-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-mellanox-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-microchip-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-moxa-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-mrvl-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-mwl8k-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-mwlwifi-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-myricom-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-netronome-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-nvidia-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-ositech-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-other-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-qca-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-qcom-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-qed-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-qlogic-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-r128-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-radeon-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-rockchip-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-rsi-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-rtl8192e-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-rtlwifi-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-rtl_bt-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-rtl_nic-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-rtw88-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-sb16-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-slicoss-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-sun-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-sxg-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-tehuti-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-ti-connectivity-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-ti-keystone-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-tigon-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-ttusb-budget-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-ueagle-atm-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-vicam-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-vxge-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-yam-20181220-r0
  •  linux-firmware-yamaha-20181220-r0
  •  linux-vanilla-4.19.18-r0
  •  lm_sensors-3.4.0-r6
  •  logrotate-3.15.0-r0
  •  logrotate-openrc-3.15.0-r0
  •  lsof-4.91-r0
  •  lua5.1-libs-5.1.5-r7
  •  lua5.2-5.2.4-r7
  •  lua5.2-alt-getopt-0.7-r8
  •  lua5.2-cjson-2.1.0-r8
  •  lua5.2-libs-5.2.4-r7
  •  lua5.2-pc-1.0.0-r9
  •  lua5.2-posix-33.4.0-r1
  •  lua5.2-stringy-0.5.0-r1
  •  lua5.3-5.3.5-r1
  •  lua5.3-libs-5.3.5-r1
  •  lvm2-2.02.182-r0
  •  lvm2-libs-2.02.182-r0
  •  lvm2-openrc-2.02.182-r0
  •  lxc-3.1.0-r0
  •  lxc-libs-3.1.0-r0
  •  lxc-lvm-3.1.0-r0
  •  lxc-openrc-3.1.0-r0
  •  lxc-templates-3.1.0-r0
  •  lzo-2.10-r2
  •  mdadm-4.1-r0
  •  mkinitfs-3.4.0-r2
  •  mtools-4.0.23-r0
  •  musl-1.1.20-r3
  •  musl-utils-1.1.20-r3
  •  nano-3.2-r0
  •  ncurses-libs-6.1_p20190105-r0
  •  ncurses-terminfo-6.1_p20190105-r0
  •  ncurses-terminfo-base-6.1_p20190105-r0
  •  net-snmp-5.8-r0
  •  net-snmp-agent-libs-5.8-r0
  •  net-snmp-libs-5.8-r0
  •  net-snmp-tools-5.8-r0
  •  network-extras-1.2-r0
  •  newt-0.52.20-r0
  •  nfs-utils-2.3.2-r1
  •  nfs-utils-openrc-2.3.2-r1
  •  nghttp2-libs-1.35.1-r0
  •  nrpe-3.2.1-r0
  •  nsd-4.1.26-r0
  •  opennhrp-0.14.1-r6
  •  openrc-0.39.2-r3
  •  openssh-7.9_p1-r2
  •  openssh-client-7.9_p1-r2
  •  openssh-keygen-7.9_p1-r2
  •  openssh-server-7.9_p1-r2
  •  openssh-server-common-7.9_p1-r2
  •  openssh-sftp-server-7.9_p1-r2
  •  openssl-1.1.1a-r1
  •  openvpn-2.4.6-r4
  •  openvswitch-2.10.1-r0
  •  parted-3.2-r7
  •  pax-utils-1.2.3-r0
  •  paxmark-0.11-r0
  •  pciutils-3.6.2-r0
  •  pciutils-libs-3.6.2-r0
  •  pcre-8.42-r1
  •  pcsc-lite-libs-1.8.24-r1
  •  pingu-1.5-r2
  •  popt-1.16-r7
  •  ppp-2.4.7-r6
  •  ppp-atm-2.4.7-r6
  •  ppp-chat-2.4.7-r6
  •  ppp-daemon-2.4.7-r6
  •  ppp-l2tp-2.4.7-r6
  •  ppp-minconn-2.4.7-r6
  •  ppp-openrc-2.4.7-r6
  •  ppp-passprompt-2.4.7-r6
  •  ppp-passwordfd-2.4.7-r6
  •  ppp-pppoe-2.4.7-r6
  •  ppp-radius-2.4.7-r6
  •  ppp-winbind-2.4.7-r6
  •  quagga-1.2.4-r1
  •  readline-7.0.003-r1
  •  rpcbind-0.2.4-r1
  •  rsync-3.1.3-r1
  •  rsync-openrc-3.1.3-r1
  •  scanelf-1.2.3-r0
  •  screen-4.6.2-r0
  •  sfdisk-2.33-r0
  •  slang-2.3.2-r0
  •  sntpc-0.9-r6
  •  socat-1.7.3.2-r5
  •  spl-vanilla-4.19.18-r0
  •  sqlite-libs-3.26.0-r3
  •  ssl_client-1.29.3-r10
  •  ssmtp-2.64-r14
  •  strace-4.24-r0
  •  strongswan-5.7.2-r0
  •  sudo-1.8.25_p1-r2
  •  sysfsutils-2.1.0-r8
  •  sysklogd-1.5.1-r1
  •  syslinux-6.04_pre1-r2
  •  tar-1.31-r0
  •  tcpdump-4.9.2-r4
  •  tinyproxy-1.10.0-r0
  •  tmux-2.8-r0
  •  tzdata-2018i-r0
  •  unbound-1.8.3-r0
  •  unbound-libs-1.8.3-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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