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.
Latest announcement release via Alpine’s official site:
Alpine 3.4.0 released
We are pleased to announce Alpine Linux 3.4.0, the first release in v3.4 stable series.
Some of the new features are:
- Linux 4.4 kernel
- New iso image for virtual machines: alpine-virt
- support for DNS search in /etc/resolv.conf
- ruby 2.3
- postgresql 9.5
Noteworthy changes when upgrading:
- The PHP packages got renamed from php to php5.
- The service
crongot renamed to
pingnow use unprivileged ICMP sockets so binary does not need to be suid root. This means you need to be in group with gid 999-59999 for being allowed to send pings.
- Most ruby-* packages were removed. Use
Some of the desktop applications that were upgraded for v3.4:
- evince 3.20
- libreoffice 5.1
- Mate desktop 1.14
- qt5 5.6
Download Alpine Linux: http://alpinelinux.org/downloads/