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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 (318), 3 months: 26 (354), 4 weeks: 36 (306), 1 week: 48 (237)

Average visitor rating: 8.56/10 from 18 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, 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: 3.6.2
Rating: 1
Date: 2019-07-17
Votes: 0

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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Version: 3.9.3
Rating: 10
Date: 2019-04-22
Votes: 28

Coming from a UNIX and FreeBSD background, Alpine feels very familiar in its deadpan simplicity, and very fast with it! A good selection of packages allow you to get started in both workstation and server roles relatively easily, leaving the configuration largely up to the user. For someone that wants their OS to do exactly what they want with no surprises and aren't afraid of editing config files, there is no better ready-made distro than Alpine. Additionally, many of the lesser review scores here contain issues that have since been addressed, eg. package selection is much larger now, UEFI issues mostly rectified, sustainability as workstation/desktop OS expanded, support and community more lively. To go on that last example, due to Docker switching all images over to Alpine by default, community is much larger and support and documentation has seen an increase. The IRC channel while quiet some days is very helpful, even with some users helping squash bugs and submit patches, and the wiki has some good walkthroughs and tutorials for common Alpine setups. Even if not as big as some other communities, Alpine does not deviate much from convention so basic Linux knowledge applies.
For intermediate and above Linux users, it will only take a few minutes to spin up a new Alpine image, install desired packages, and configure. Newer users beware, you are expected to know what you are doing... Or to at least read the manual!
`apk' is very familiar for users of FreeBSD, as it feels much like pkg-ng in usage, but even simpler. People that are used to—or Lord-forbid, ACTUALLY LIKE complicated and clunky package managers such as apt/dpkg may have a hard time adjusting to apk. It does most of what you expect from a package manager but doesn't break things as much.
The other reviews here say more of the same pros that I would so I will omit them.
The mininal live ISO is only 100MB, it does not hurt to just give it a try!

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