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Alpine Linux

Last Update: 2018-03-24 02:02 UTC


Alpine Linux is a community developed operating system designed for x86 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: 62 (183), 6 months: 75 (162), 3 months: 79 (150), 4 weeks: 73 (141), 1 week: 69 (150)

Average visitor rating: 9.2/10 from 10 review(s).


Alpine Summary
Distribution Alpine Linux
Home Page http://www.alpinelinux.org/
Mailing Lists http://lists.alpinelinux.org/
User Forums --
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Documentation http://wiki.alpinelinux.org/
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Download Mirrors http://alpinelinux.org/downloadsLinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker http://bugs.alpinelinux.org/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 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
 • 2012-11-07: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 2.5.0
 • 2011-11-01: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 2.3.0
 • 2011-05-04: Distribution Release: Alpine Linux 2.2.0
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  Headlines:
 •2016-10-12 Alpine to use LibreSSL
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Feature 3.7.0 3.6.2 3.2.2 2.7.8 1.10.6
Release Date 2017-11-30 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) 70-400 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 armhf, i386, x86_64 armhf, i386, x86_64 armhf, i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386
Init Software Busybox Busybox Busybox Busybox Busybox
Journaled File Systems ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3
Multilingual -- -- -- -- --
Asian Language Support -- -- -- -- --
Full Package List 3.7.0 3.6.2 3.2.2 2.7.8 1.10.6
Package 3.7.0 3.6.2 3.2.2 2.7.8 1.10.6
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.6) -- -- 1.0.29 1.0.27.2 1.0.22
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- --
bash (4.4.18) 4.4.12 4.3 -- -- 4.0
bind (9.12.1) -- -- 9.10.2 9.9.4-P2 9.6.1-P3
chromium (66.0.3359.117) -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.7) -- -- -- -- --
dhcp (4.4.1) 4.3.5 4.3.4 4.3.2 4.2.5-P1 4.1.0-P1
e2fsprogs (1.44.1) 1.43.7 1.43.4 1.42.13 1.42.8 1.41.9
firefox (59.0.2) -- -- -- -- --
freetype (2.9) -- -- -- 2.5.0.1 2.3.8
gcc (7.3.0) -- -- -- -- --
gimp (2.8.22) -- -- -- -- --
glibc (2.27) -- -- -- -- --
gnome-shell (3.28.0) -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (3.0) -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.39) -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) -- -- -- -- --
gtk+ (3.22.30) -- -- -- -- --
httpd (2.4.33) -- -- -- -- --
inkscape (0.92.3) -- -- -- -- --
k3b (18.04.0) -- -- -- -- --
kmod (25) 24 23 -- -- --
krita (4.0.1)          
libreoffice (6.0.3) -- -- -- -- --
linux (4.16.3) 4.9.65 4.9.32 3.18.18 3.10.40 2.6.32.15
Package 3.7.0 3.6.2 3.2.2 2.7.8 1.10.6
lxpanel (0.9.3) -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.2.14) -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.20.1) -- -- -- -- --
mesa (18.0.1) -- -- -- -- --
mysql (8.0.11) -- -- -- -- --
nautilus (3.28.1) -- -- -- -- --
NVIDIA (390.48) -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (9.0.4) -- -- -- -- --
openssh (7.7p1) 7.5p1 7.5p1 6.8p1 6.4p1 5.3p1
openssl (1.1.0h) -- -- 1.0.2d 1.0.1g 0.9.9o
perl (5.26.2) -- -- 5.20.2 5.18.1 5.10.1
php (7.2.4) -- -- -- -- --
plasma-desktop (5.12.4) -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.3.0) -- -- 3.0.1 2.10.2 2.6.5
postgresql (10.3) -- -- 9.4.4 9.3.3 8.4.2
Python (3.6.5) -- -- 2.7.9 2.7.6 --
qt (5.10.1) -- -- -- -- --
samba (4.8.0) -- -- 4.2.1 4.1.3 3.4.7
systemd (238) -- -- -- -- --
thunderbird (52.7.0) -- -- -- -- --
vim (8.0) 8.0 8.0 7.4 7.4 7.2
vlc (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.4) -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.6) -- -- -- -- --

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
9.2
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Version: 3.7.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-03-19
Votes: 8


Small, minimalistic, configurable distro.
Based on fanfastic non-bloat musl libc.


Was this review helpful? Yes No
Version: 3.7.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-02-07
Votes: 10


Comes with almost everything you need. And it is:
- fast
- secure
- stable
- slim
- well-maintained
- good documented
- perfect for docker (host AND guest)

With a small bootstrapping script you will have an unattended installation method that fits your personal needs. See https://gist.github.com/thde/5312a42665c5c901aef4




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Version: 3.7.0
Rating: 10
Date: 2018-01-22
Votes: 6


Pro:
- Hardened Kernel
- OpenRC init
- Secure
- Quick installation
- Low RAM usage
- Easy to use
- Stable

This is excellent Linux Operating System for server!


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